The West Virginia Division of Forestry's (DOF) Mountaineer Treeways program will accept applications from volunteer organizations and municipalities that plan to plants trees on public property throughtout the state. The deadline is March 19. Applications forms are available at the DOF Web site, www.wvforestry.com.
"Mountaineer Treeways is a program that works to enhance and beautify public areas across West Virginia through tree plantings," Bob Hannah, urban forestry coordinator, said. "I encourage civic organizations, municipalities, businesses, schools and other groups to participate."
All trees must be planted on public property. Volunteers and paid employees of municipalities and other entities may conduct the plantings. Matching funds are not required; however, a status report must be submitted by Aug 13. DOF staff will be available for technical assistance, species selection advice and to suggest planting sites.
Appalachian Power, the Oakland Foundation and Toyota Motors Manufacturing sponsor the trees with donations. All trees will be distributed in early April.
The program replaces the National Tree Trust program and continues to provide trees at no cost for various community projects.
Info: Hannah at 304-825-6983 or Andy Sheetz, partnership coordinators, at 304-558-2788.