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Branching out for Arbor Day

2018 “Planting Idaho” grants offered to local communities

Published online: Feb 15, 2018 Articles, East Idaho Business, East Idaho Outdoors
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Money may not grow on trees, but according to a recent announcement from the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, trees and money go hand-in-hand when it comes to healthy urban planning.

We just received word that the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA), in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Avista, Rocky Mountain Power, and Idaho Power, is spearheading a special program to help communities celebrate Arbor Day, plant appropriate trees for energy conservation and foster a stronger relationship between Idaho communities and the Green Industry.

This year 45 Arbor Day grants will be awarded to Idaho communities in the amount of $300 each for “Planting Idaho,” thanks in large part to funding contributions from Idaho utilities.

These grants will be available for communities to purchase trees, shrubs and related materials for their Arbor Day celebration. For the 16th consecutive year, Avista, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, in partnership with IDL, have generously donated funds to support this program. The funds are a part of the Idaho Community Forestry Trust Account supported in part through the contributions of these utilities.

Applications will be sent to communities throughout Idaho and a lottery-style drawing will be used to determine who receives the grants. Information on the grant program has been mailed to communities in Idaho and is also available at the INLA web page at www.inlagrow.org. (Just click on Planting Idaho). Application deadline is March 23. Arbor Day will land on Friday, April 27. For more information, contact Ann Bates at 208-681-4769.

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