The TREE Fund awarded more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships in its 2014 spring cycle. The 13 awards included one research grant, nine arboriculture education grants (including five new Emerald Ash Borer Education Grants) and three scholarships.
2014 Hyland Johns Research Grant
Bryant Scharenbroch, Ph.D. (The Morton Arboretum) – $24,604 grant supporting “Rapid Remediation of Urban Soil for Trees.” This project aims to determine the appropriate application rates and techniques for biosolids and biochar in order to rapidly improve urban soil quality.
2014 Arboriculture Education Grants
Foundation of the State Arboretum (Boyce, VA) – $4,950 supports “Seeing the Forests and the Trees.” This project incorporates tree biology and forest ecology into the science, mathematics and literacy curricula for the entire 3rd grade of rural Clarke County Public Schools in Virginia.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN) – $5,000 supports “Youth Tree Team.” This program employs Indianapolis youth to plant Indiana native trees each year to help grow the city’s tree canopy. In addition to gaining job skills, youth learn tree species identification and tree care methods.
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) – $5,000 supports “Macgyvers Program.” This program mentors 7th-9th grade student volunteers along a Naturalist or Gardener track, providing hands- on experience in the arboretum’s Children’s Garden, as well as career exploration, social learning and leadership development.
City of Frankfort Tree Board/Commonwealth Gardens (Frankfort, KY) – $10,000 supports ”Emerald Ash Borer Educational Workshop.” Targeted at property owners, professionals and elected officials around the region, this workshop will inform stakeholders about the problems and solutions associated with emerald ash borer.
Colorado Tree Coalition (Broomfield, CO) – $10,000 supports “Emerald Ash Borer Colorado Public Relations Project” to fund EAB education and outreach efforts aimed at citizens, parks/forestry/public works staff, city administrative personnel and green industry professionals.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (Kingston, NY) – $9,150 supports “Tree Steward Volunteer Program for EAB Awareness.” This project creates a Tree Steward Volunteer Program to train volunteers to plant, care for and educate the public about urban trees, including EAB identification and management.
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Kodak, TN) – $10,000 supports “Raising EAB Awareness in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” This project will educate the community and the visiting public in Great Smoky Mountains National Park about the threat that EAB poses and demonstrate techniques to manage it.
Media Working Group, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) – $10,000 supports the “Take Root Community Education Project.” This project will produce and distribute a Community Action Toolkit to advance public understanding of the benefits of urban forests and the importance of mitigating the impact of EAB in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Hiram College (Hiram, OH) – $4,989 supports “Learning Communities Enhancing Urban Forest Communities.” This project will include service learning projects and a Tree Summit where students will share outcomes of these projects, with the intent to increase student engagement in science and develop them as tree advocates.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship, supported by Robert Felix Memorial Fund ($3,000)
Studying to be an Urban Forestry Technician at Mid-State Technical College. Graduation date: May 2014.
Studying Forest Resource Management and minoring in Urban Forestry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Expected graduation date: May 2015.
John Wright Memorial Scholarship, supported by Wright Tree Service ($2,000)
Studying Forestry at Iowa State University. Expected graduation date: May 2015.