Cuivre River Electric Cooperative and its power supplier, Central Electric Power Cooperative of Jefferson City, team up each year to offer Green Tree Partnership grants to help area communities plant trees. The latest grant of $837 was awarded to the City of Troy to help purchase replacement trees at Fairgrounds Park, also known as the duck pond park. Several trees were casualties of the recent hot, dry summer.
A qualified community organization can apply for up to $1,000 to help purchase trees for parks, school grounds, historic sites, roadside areas, public buildings and other public locations.
A tree planting plan must be submitted with a Green Tree Partnership grant application. “Be sure that planted trees are clear of utility lines,” says Chris Ryan, who coordinates Cuivre River’s portion of the program. “Include a map or drawing of planting locations, tree type and proximity to utility lines.”
Grants may also be used to match funds for other programs, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance program and the Department of Highway and Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement program.
To obtain a Green Tree Partnership grant application, contact Cuivre River’s Chris Ryan at 800.392.3709, ext. 4732, or print an application at www.cuivre.com under the community tab.