Village makes pitch for state tree money

Grafton seeks $25,000 grant from DNR to pay for planting, removal efforts
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Village of Grafton is seeking an urban forestry grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help pay for public street trees.

On Oct. 1, the Village Board approved a resolution to obtain funds for removing and planting trees.

Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said the village is seeking a matching grant of  $25,000 from the state.

“We look at using the money to help purchase and plant new street trees,” he said, noting the village applies for the grant annually.

In the past, the village has used the grant to chemically treat ash trees, but now it is focusing on removing the trees.

“The treatment is very costly and not necessarily guaranteed,” Thyes said.

Director of Public Works Amber Thomas said about 90% of the village’s ash trees have been removed.

“We’re still removing ash trees, and most of them have signs of infestation,” she said, adding the village has ordered about 140 trees to replace the ash trees.

Thyes said the new trees are diverse and will be planted throughout the village. He expects the DNR to decide on the application by late November.

“We’ve been pretty successful with the grant over the past five years,” Thyes said.

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