MARQUETTE - The city of Marquette will have 40 new trees budding come spring, after receiving a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program.
The program is run in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
The Urban Forestry Grant, which will be matched by the city using money from its public works fund as well as its major and local street funds, has been awarded to Marquette in the past, with a number of trees planted in the city as a result.
Trees have been planted using grant funding in McCarty's Cove and Mattson Lower Harbor Park, among other sites.
"The nice thing about those grants is it allows us to augment our annual tree planting with a project we may not have otherwise been able to justify funding for," said Paul Albert, city arborist and Park Cemetery sexton.
The city will be awarded $125 per tree for a total of $5,000 toward the planting of 40 trees within the city.
The trees will be planted in the Kaufman Sports Complex and Park Cemetery.
Of the 40 being planted, 30 will be at the cemetery and 10 at the sports complex.
"At the Park Cemetery (they will) reforest a location that is pretty heavily reforested, but we plant trees through there periodically. We really haven't done a mass replanting there," Albert said. "The 10 new trees out at Kaufman Sports Complex, which is one of our newer parks, is basically devoid of trees, 10 shade trees will sort of be the background for the future."
Albert said the trees will likely come from a nursery in Wisconsin the city has dealt with previously, and will include a variety of species.
"A lot of them are not native to our area, but perform well in our area," Albert said. "We're also planting some disease resistant elm varieties. We'll do decorative planting, some flowering trees such as horse chestnut and flowering crabs."
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.