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Joliet Receives Morton Arboretum Community Grant

Post Date:11/13/2018

The City of Joliet is proud to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program federal forestry program. This award will allow the City to plant an additional 73 trees across the five city districts in spring of 2019. The Arboretum awarded more than $170,000 in federal forestry grants to communities all over Illinois looking to fund tree-related projects.

 “Building a healthy urban forest is critical to the Joliet community,” said City Arborist Jim Teiber. “Receiving grant funds for tree replacement, tree donations and resident education are a combination of ways we can help the City of Joliet rebuild and sustain a robust urban forest.”

 Residents can request a new parkway tree be planted near their home by filling out this form. Residents who are approved will receive tree health care information and watering instructions. The City will fertilize every new tree planted and schedule watering as needed for the next three years to ensure a higher survival rate.

 “Our main goal with this grant is to plant additional trees and work with the Morton Arboretum to better maintain and preserve our public and private urban forest,” said Teiber.

 For more information on the Forestry Division within the City of Joliet, please visit http://cityofjoliet.info/departments/public-works/forestry.