Alaska Community Forestry Grants The Division of Forestry has granted $540,000 to local governments and community organizations since 1991. Local donations and in-kind services bring the total benefit to communities to $1.45 million. Grants fund projects that create an appreciation for the benefits of trees, awareness of best management prac- tices, and lead to local programs that are effective, efficient, and meet local needs for resource manage- ment. Most funds were provided to the state through the USDA Forest Service. 2007 Grants $16,050 granted / $52,762 local match Alaska Reforestation Council & Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee $500 Organized, advertised, and funded tree plantings at 10 schools, 2 parks, 3 military bases, UAF, and TCC Tribal Hall. Promoted maintenance of public trees. Alaska Vocational Tech. Center, Seward $2,200 Held workshop on tree planting, maintenance, and pruning for the public while planting trees at AVTEC. Sitka’s tree inventory and management plan led to setting priorities for tree planting. Replacing high Anchorage Park Foundation $500 maintenance and unhealthy trees along Harbor Avenue, the city’s gateway, was at the top of the list. Produced a radio PSA to promote Arbor Day and the benefits of trees and to publicize Anchorage’s designa- tion as a Tree City USA. Boy Scout Troop 367, Palmer $500 Planted trees at the Veterans’ & Pioneers’ Home in Palmer. A ceremony honored veterans and pioneers and provided training for Scouts and the public on tree selection, planting, and care. Chitina Trad. Indian Village Council $1,200 Planted trees at new Chitina Wayside for a windbreak and beautification. Demonstrated proper planting at community Arbor Day celebration and provided infor- Scouts learn to plant trees and improve the grounds mation on using trees as screens and buffers from of the Veterans’ and Pioneers’ Home in Palmer. wind, dust, snow, and noise. Homer Soil & Water Conservation Dist. $2,000 Installed interpretive display in Homer Demonstration Forest arboretum. Tested effectiveness of different mulch types for reducing weeds around seedlings. Held work parties in the demonstraton forest. City of Hoonah $900 Sponsored variety of educational events, seedling plantings, and forestry activities for children preschool through high school. Added trees to those planted in Helping create nonprofits ensures ongoing 2006 in new community park. local support of community trees and forests. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership $2,650 Led 6-hour tree class/field trip for summer camp chil- dren. Held a public workshop to plant trees and shrubs at Treadwell Arena. Recoginzed volunteers by award- ing tee-shirts to promote tree planting and JUFP. Metlakatla Indian Community $1,600 Expanded the tree planting along the breakwater begun in 2006. Residents contribute to purchase of planter boxes and trees, which are planted as memori- als or dedications. Trees were planted at a community Arbor Day celebration. City & Borough of Sitka $2,000 Volunteer foresters inventory trees in a Fairbanks Replaced 30 diseased and high maintenance trees with North Star Borough park. Data gathered was used 27 large crabapples along Harbor Avenue and around to develop a management plan. Harrigan Centennial Hall. This highly visible gateway to the city was a top priorty for landscape improvements. City of Wasilla $2,000 Held an Arbor Day celebration for the public and stu- dents, purchased 10 trees and 1,000 seedlings to plant in parks. Sponsored a poster contest and classroom activities with the theme, Trees are Terrific and Forests are too. 2006 Grants $7,010 granted / $19,076 local match Grants to Metlakatla supported the memorial tree program. Residents donate funds to build planters Craig Middle School Garden Club $900 and plant trees along the breakwater. Everyone turns out on Arbor Day to plant and celebrate trees Planted trees on school grounds and cared for trees and those the trees memorialize. already in place. Homer Tree Stewards & Soil & Water Conservation District $1,310 Purchased equipment for planting and maintaining public trees by trained volunteers. Prepared pruning and safety kits for use by Community Tree Stewards. City of Hoonah $1,200 Held an Arbor Day celebration and educational activi- ties, and planted trees in a new community park. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership $600 Planted trees in a downtown park and purchased signs Homer Tree Stewards purchased pruning and with the new JUFP logo to increase awareness of the safety equipment for volunteers to use in caring for group and urban forestry. public trees. Metlakatla Indian Community $1,500 Planted trees in raised planters along the breakwater. Community members sponsored trees by donating funds for trees and ongoing maintenance. City of Wasilla $1,500 Held Arbor Day celebration and demonstration of proper tree planting. Purchased seedlings for planting on public lands. Sponsored an Arbor Day poster con- test for students. 2005 Grants The Alaska Vocatonal & Technical Center in Seward offered public workshops, led by Community Forest- $5,960 granted / $19,299 local match ry staff, on tree planting, pruning, and maintenance. The trees transformed the grounds at the center. Alaska Boreal Forest Council $1,000 Planted 15 trees in two Fairbanks parks during Arbor Day celebrations. Homer Soil & Water Conservation Dist. $760 Sponsored a week-long Arbor Day celebration with tree planting demonstrations, a guided hike on the Homer Demonstration Forest Nature Trail, and clean-up of the HDF arboretum. Matching funds purchased 1,100 trees that were given to residents. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership $1,200 Planted trees in highly visible park in downtown as part of Arbor Day celebration. City of Wasilla $3,000 School children learn to plant trees at a park in Purchased a GPS unit for use in updating and main- Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee has a long history of planting trees in more than a taining the tree inventory; held tree planting, pruning, dozen locations each Arbor Day. and care training; and printed tree guides for city and public use. Organized a city-wide Arbor Day celebra- tion and gave away tree seedlings. 2004 Grants $62,854 granted / $103,133 local match Fairbanks North Star Borough $25,000 Purchased GPS and GIS equipment to establish and maintain a tree inventory, wrote an urban forestry man- agement plan, and printed A Guide to Tree Identifica- tion, Planting, and Care for Fairbanks area residents. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership members celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees at Juneau’s Gateway Park. Homer Soil & Water Conservation Dist. $7,500 Revised and updated the Homer Demonstration Forest Management Plan and worked with high school stu- dents to create a nature trail guide for the forest. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership $5,914 JUFP partnered with the Parks Department to update the tree inventory and incorporate it into the city’s GIS database. It also incorporated as a nonprofit to pro- mote and support urban forestry in Juneau. City & Borough of Sitka $19,440 Conducted an inventory of public trees, prioritized tree Volunteers, businesses, and government agencies planting needs, completed several large plantings, held came together to celebrate Arbor Day and plant Arbor Day celebrations, sponsored tree and landscape trees and shrubs in Hoonah’s new park. The trees, contest for business and home owners, and produced near a picnic area and trail, provide shelter, sea- a brochure, Right Tree - Right Place, which the electric sonal color, and a windbreak. utility sent to all customers. City of Wasilla $5,000 Purchased trees for the new memorial Garden of Reflection created in Iditapark for those grieving a loss. Sitka Tree & Landscape Committee members help plant the 27 trees that transformed a major down- town street.