Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – 15 lucky communities and non-profit groups around the Hoosier state are looking a bit greener thanks to grant money recently awarded through the DNR’s Community & Urban Forestry (CUF) program.
Arrowhead Country RC&D for Winamac, $2,000; Dana, $10,600; Evansville, $7,500; Fishers, $10,000; Fort Wayne, $10,500; Goshen, $5,850; Regreening Greenfield, $8,000; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, $7,500; Kokomo, $5,000; LaPorte, $5,000; Michigan City, $6,000; South Whitley, $4,500; Valparaiso, $10,500; Washington Township/Westfield, $7,500; and West Lafayette, $5,000.
The national recommendation is that a community’s tree canopy covers 45 percent of its land. The average tree canopy cover in Indiana’s cities and towns is around 24 percent.
A healthy urban tree canopy improves water quality, helps communities conserve energy, lowers city temperatures, reduces air pollution and enhances property values.
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