Oct 23, 2012

U.S. Forest Service Awards $3 Million in Grants to Protect Great Lakes

Grants for trees and clean water go to projects in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois, Indiana

U.S. Forest Service Funding Great Lakes

The U.S. Forest Service announced nearly $3 million in grants to improve tree canopy, forest cover and ultimately, water quality in six Great Lakes states, including Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois and Indiana.

The grants are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a cooperative effort between federal, tribal, state and local partners. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.

“The Forest Service, together with our partners, is working to improve America’s treasured landscapes in more than 7,000 communities across the country,” said USDA Undersecretary Harris Sherman.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded grants administered by the Forest Service will support community forestry efforts to improve the interception, evaporation, infiltration and storage of rainfall and storm water.

“Healthy forests and lands support healthy waters,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These projects will put people to work increasing the number of trees, turning polluted industrial sites into beautiful parkland and improving habitat for wildlife.”

A task force of 11 federal agencies is cleaning up toxins and areas of concern, combating invasive species, promoting near-shore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off and restoring wetlands and other habitats.

Click here for the full list of  awardees.