The City of Lincoln is receiving $10,000 for its tree planting efforts through the 2009 Trees for Nebraska Towns (TNT) community landscaping grant program. The TNT program is managed by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) and funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET).
Steve Schwab, City Forester, said the funds will be used for two efforts:
Statewide, the TNT program is awarding tree planting grants to 27 projects in 23 communities.
TNT was developed to address tree loss in Nebraska and to improve the overall health, sustainability and species diversity of the state's trees. It is coordinated by NSA and is part of ReTree Nebraska efforts to plant a million trees by 2017 (www.retreenebraska.edu). To help achieve these goals, the NET, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery, is providing $1 million in grant funding to enable high-quality tree planting and associated landscaping in communities across the state. More information about the TNT program is available by contacting the NSA at 472-2971.
The NSA is both a non-profit horticultural organization and a program of the Nebraska Forest Service, part of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. NSA achieves its mission of "sustainable landscapes for healthy homes and communities" through initiatives in education, community landscapes and the environment. More information is available at arboretum.unl.edu.