Feds award Michigan $1.4M for urban forests
The U.S. Forest Service is awarding nearly $1.4 million worth of grants in Michigan for projects designed to improve urban forests and tree canopies in ways that will boost water quality.
It's part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an Obama administration program attempting to make progress on longstanding environmental problems in the region.
Northeastern area director Tony Ferguson said the grants, $2.5 million in six states, will put people to work re-storing shoreland ecosystems, barren streets and polluted industrial sites.
Six grants totaling nearly $1.4 million will go to Michigan.
They include funds for tree plantings and maintenance in Grand Rapids, the Detroit area, Flint, Southgate and Ann Arbor.