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Applications for the 2020-2021 Edmond Tree Grants program are now open. The program makes trees available for neighborhood groups and K-12 public schools or their associated parent teacher organizations. Administered by the City of Edmond Urban Forestry Department, groups within Edmond City Limits may apply to receive seedlings, 3-gallon, or 15-gallon containerized trees for planting within the areas that they manage.
A partnership between the City and our residents and schools, Edmond Tree Grant projects will enhance tree canopy within areas that are often not served through other Urban Forestry Department programs.
“Trees are a valuable resource within the areas where people live and recreate, providing such benefits as improved air quality, cooler temperatures, UV ray protection, energy conservation, health benefits, beautification, and higher property values,” says Leigh Martin, City of Edmond Urban Forestry Program Specialist.
The format of this program fosters community and provides education about proper tree care and planting practices. Edmond Tree Grant recipients will work closely with the Urban Forestry Department to execute their projects, involve their communities through a tree planting event, and implement their maintenance plans. Grant recipients are responsible for planting trees that are received; however, due to COVID-19 the community planting event that is normally a required project component has been waived for the 2020-2021 program year.
For full program information about Edmond Tree Grants, visit https://edmondok.com/treegrants.