The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources partnered with the University of Minnesota, along with the cities of Grand Marais, Silver Bay, and Hermantown, were awarded funds for the project titled "Engaging Citizens to Improve our Great Lakes Watershed through Strategic Community Forestry Efforts" from the United States Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.
These funds are making it possible to provide training to, and utilize, community volunteers to plant and maintain urban trees in order to manage and reduce stormwater runoff. We will be planting trees in the three participating Great Lakes Watershed communities, to reduce runoff along the shore of Lake Superior, the St. Louis Bay and St. Louis River. Partners from each city have helped identify areas of need where trees can be strategically planted to reduce stormwater runoff.
This project will improve the city's green infrastructure by creating educational outreach opportunities to connect local citizens with the care of their urban and community forest. Through hands-on education, citizens will learn about the benefits of trees and engage with their community while maintaining them, all while reducing runoff into the Great Lakes Watershed.
If you live in Hermantown, Silver Bay, or Grand Marais and would like to volunteer to plant trees or become a Tree Steward for one of these communities, go Minnesota Tree Care Advocate to learn about volunteer and education events.