There is always space for one more tree.
The Alaska Division of Forestry will be giving grants to “tree-vitalize” school campuses throughout Alaska.
The 2022 Arbor Day grants of up to $10,000 will be available for the purchase of trees, supplies and materials for tree planting.
“This is a great way for schools and other organizations to help beautify school campuses around the state,” says Jim Renkert, community forestry program manager for the Division of Forestry, which acquired the grant money from the U.S. Forest Service.
In addition to schools, other organizations will be eligible for the grants. They include soil and conservation districts, park foundations and other locally based nonprofit organizations.
The grants should be used to raise awareness about the benefits of trees and the ecosystems they provide, according to the Division of Forestry, and should demonstrate proper tree planting and care techniques.
Applications received by the end of the month will be reviewed by a grant committee in May. Applications received in May will be reviewed and made in June, if there are remaining monies after April. The grant money is limited, which means the earliest applications are most likely to be successful.
Additional information is available on the division’s website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/grants.
Arbor Day is April 29.
In this neck of Alaska’s woods, there are never enough trees.