Trees make our Village a special place to live. They shade our homes, our businesses and our streets. They clean our air and water, reduce storm water run-off, increase our property values, reduce energy costs and make our neighborhoods greener, safer, and healthier.
Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation would highlight our commitment to urban forestry, community improvement and civic pride.
Our trees are a vital asset. In fact, our green infrastructure is likely the only part of our city’s infrastructure that actually increases in value and service over time. The Tree City USA program provides an outstanding framework for managing this important asset. It is the Village’s intention to meet the requirements to become recognized as a Tree City, USA in 2016.
The Village is receiving a grant for forestry plantings in the amount of $500 from the American Transmission Company (ATC). These funds will be used to plant trees in the Village in 2016. The Village will continue to search out any and all grant opportunities to make sure that we are taking advantage of every opportunity to provide a better future for the Village at the greatest possible value.
The Village is proud to announce that it has been chosen for the 2016 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Urban Forestry Grant
This news represents the successful efforts of Village DPW Staff and the Village Clerk in application and preparation for this grant process spanning the past several months. This is a $10,000 grant which the Village will match 50%/50% with the State for the purposes of:
- Creating legislation to protect the Village’s Trees and further qualify for the designation of Tree City USA;
- Conducting a “tree inventory” which will be used to plan tree maintenance, plantings and removals; and
- The planting and maintenance of the Village’s trees over the next year.
While $10,000 may seem like a small amount in the greater scheme of things and with what it takes to keep Big Bend beautiful, this opens the door for our community to receive grants 4-5 times larger in the future and cements our new forestry program.