Pierre Awarded $25,000 Cities of Service Grant to Re-Establish Trees

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre received a $25,000 grant from the national organization Cities of Service to use in addressing the loss of a tree grove that surrounds the Oahe Softball Complex in southeast Pierre. Pierre is one of 18 cities that have been awarded funds for volunteer projects which address problems that are a priority in each of the locations. Pierre’s $25,000 grant will support the training of volunteers and will fund supplies and equipment needed to clean up old tree groves near the recreation area. The money will also support work to prepare the area for tree planting and will pay for trees and related supplies. City Commissioners were told yesterday about the project. It will involve the removal of 700 trees and stumps, tilling and landscaping of about three acres and the planting of 600 trees. Plans call for work to be done from November to April to clear dead trees from near the sports complex and to landscape and prepare soils for planting. Next April and May, trees will be planted. Mayor Laurie Gill says the grant will help fund flood recovery. Commissioners were told yesterday that plans call for bringing Pierre back to-if not better than-pre flood conditions. Mayor Gill was one of more than 60 mayors who competed for this initial round of grants. Besides Pierre’s grant-others that were awarded went to cities like Atlanta, Georgia-to increase recycling to Duluth, Minnesota for community gardens. The Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund is a $2 million dollar fund. Cities are selected for grant funds based on their projects, potential for impact and implementation plans-among other criteria. To volunteer for the project to re-establish trees around the sports complex, contact Larry Weiss-Chief Service Officer at 222-4339.

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