VT UCF is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2021 Ash Tree Management Grants. This grant program is possible through special funding from the US Forest Service to support municipal efforts to proactively address the impacts that the emerald ash borer will have on urban and community forests.
Of an extremely competitive pool of applicants, seven municipalities were selected to receive funding to support a variety of projects. The recipients and their project summaries are:
- Town of East Montpelier will remove 80 ash trees in the municipal right-of-way and will plant 2 new trees of non-ash species at U-32 Middle & High School.
- Town of Middlebury will coordinate with the Middlebury Tree Committee (MTC) and the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) to remove 14 ash trees from high-use parking areas at three popular trail corridors and monitor for EAB through branch sampling of the removed trees. They will also plant a minimum of 18 high quality shade trees along priority streets within the Town's public right-of-way.
- City of Montpelier will purchase a portable sawmill in order to process public ash trees into lumber. This purchase is in accordance with the Montpelier Tree Board's EAB Management Plan and will support efforts to sustainably and responsibly process ash wood while slowing the spread of EAB.
- Town of Richmond will remove at least 25 ash trees and plant at least 18 trees of native, non-ash species. They will apply chips produced from the removed ash trees as mulch for approximately 400 trees planted as part of a riparian restoration project and will also work with local artisans to produce ash wood chairs and ash wood bowls.
- Town of Waterbury will remove and re-use at least 13 roadside ash trees in the town road rights of way that are dead and in poor condition as identified in the 2020 Town of Waterbury, Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan. They will plant at least 15 trees in the town's Hope Cemetery in Waterbury Village.
- Town of Williamstown will remove at least 35 high hazard ash tree from town right-of-ways and provide up to 50 free trees to residents to offset the lost carbon storage.
- Town of Williston will remove at least 35 street ash trees and replace up to 20 trees of non-ash species.
Congratulations to the grant award recipients!
If you have questions about this grant program or any of the projects above, please reach out.