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Weaver Lake Elementary Receives Hennepin County Grant for Tree Planting

Mar 01, 2019 05:18AM ● By Wendy Erlien

File photo: Weaver Lake Elementary tree planting. (photo by Maple Grove Voice)

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners recently awarded 26 grants throughout the county to enhance "tree canopy" in the communities, according to a release from Hennepin County

Among those receiving grants include Weaver Lake Elementary in Maple Grove which was awarded $2,599 for fifth grade students to plant trees and for forestry to be incorporated into the curriculum.

"Areas with lower tree canopy cover tend to have starker disparities in air quality, health, income and housing," according to the county release. "Without proactive efforts, the emerald ash borer is likely to worsen these inequities. The invasive tree pest is projected to kill all of the 1 million ash trees in Hennepin County, which make up 15 percent of the tree canopy."

Other nearby communities were also awarded grants, according to Hennepin County:
  • Osseo will receive no more than $4,000 to collect data on all trees "located within the city's right of way and on public property."
  • Brooklyn Park will receive approximately $33,462 to update their tree inventory to "determine locations of ash trees, develop boulevard tree replacement plan, plant 40 trees in Hamilton Park with volunteers, create a new gravel-bed nursery, and provide funding for staff to receive training."
  • Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park is scheduled to receive $2,105 for the kindergarten through fifth grade students to help plan and plant a fruit tree orchard. Students will be involved in care and maintenance.
  • Tree Trust/FAIR Pilgrim Lane School in Plymouth receives $5,000 for an all-school planting day.

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