BERKELEY SPRINGS — West Virginia Project CommuniTree is currently accepting applications for tree kits from groups and organizations in Hampshire, Berkeley, Grant, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
To be eligible groups should organize, coordinate and plan to implement urban tree plantings on public land through this competitive grant. It is designed so any volunteer group or public entity, regardless of experience, can apply. The CommuniTree kits include trees in a variety of species and sizes, tree tubes or cages to protect from deer and mulch to foster good root growth.
The West Virginia Project CommuniTree promotes urban tree planting on public lands in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. “Urban trees” are the trees we live with, the trees that grace our towns, neighborhoods, parks, schools and roadsides. Urban trees protect West Virginia’s rivers by reducing storm water runoff pollution. They provide many environmental, social and economic benefits.
“We want the volunteers to have ownership of the project,” said Carla Hardy, watershed program coordinator for the West Virginia Conservation Agency. “That’s why we have them organize, plan and implement the tree plantings.”
The CommuniTree program is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Cacapon Institute. Funding for CTree is made possible through the USDA Forest Service.
To apply for a tree kit grant, or for more information about CTree visit cacaponinstitute.org/Forestry/CTree.htm. Specific questions on the kits or to request a species not listed (native plants only), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Tanner Haid at 540-335-0687.