Bay-Lake RPC announces the award of nine EAB mitigation grants

Three Wisconsin regional planning commissions and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have jointly awarded a total $82,450 to communities under their 2016 Wisconsin RPCs and DNR Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Mitigation Grant Program. Nine Wisconsin communities will receive funds for projects to mitigate the impacts of EAB. Grant funds will support planting diverse, non-host trees in public areas in EAB-quarantined counties within the Wisconsin Great Lakes Basin to help recover from EAB losses or to bolster community preparedness for EAB.

The funding was made available through a FY2015 U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI) grant applied for and received by the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission earlier this year. Wisconsin has over 5 million ash trees and all are at risk with the EAB's confirmed presence in Wisconsin. A total of 42 Wisconsin counties have been quarantined to lessen the risk of spreading the infestation.

The nine grant recipients were awarded grants ranging from $2,400 to $20,000, with grant recipients providing at least a 25% match of the total project. Grants have been awarded to city, village, and town governments to assist with tree planting projects totaling over $133,000. Nearly 700 trees will be planted. A complete list of funded projects is available here.

 

For additional information about the Wisconsin RPCs and DNR Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Mitigation Grant Program, contact Angela Kowalzek-Adrians.

Three Wisconsin regional planning commissions and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have jointly awarded a total $82,450 to communities under their 2016 Wisconsin RPCs and DNR Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Mitigation Grant Program. Nine Wisconsin communities will receive funds for projects to mitigate the impacts of EAB. Grant funds will support planting diverse, non-host trees in public areas in EAB-quarantined counties within the Wisconsin Great Lakes Basin to help recover from EAB losses or to bolster community preparedness for EAB.

The funding was made available through a FY2015 U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI) grant applied for and received by the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission earlier this year. Wisconsin has over 5 million ash trees and all are at risk with the EAB's confirmed presence in Wisconsin. A total of 42 Wisconsin counties have been quarantined to lessen the risk of spreading the infestation.

The nine grant recipients were awarded grants ranging from $2,400 to $20,000, with grant recipients providing at least a 25% match of the total project. Grants have been awarded to city, village, and town governments to assist with tree planting projects totaling over $133,000. Nearly 700 trees will be planted. A complete list of funded projects is attached.

For additional information about the Wisconsin RPCs and DNR Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Mitigation Grant Program, contact Angela Kowalzek-Adrians, Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, at 920-448-2820 or AngelaKA@baylakerpc.org .