By Associated Press - Thursday, April 29, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s Agriculture Department is accepting applications for urban forestry tree planting projects.

The department said Wednesday that the Division of Forestry will be taking grant applications under the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program until June 4.

The program helps cities, counties, schools and nonprofit organizations fund the planting of Tennessee-grown trees. It offers a cost-share program for planting on public property, rights of way and private nonprofit land with public access, the department said.

Funds cover half the cost of trees and shipping, contracted planting, mulch, irrigation devices, tree labels and acknowledgement signs.

Funds can be used for planting on private property on a riparian area, which is a 35-foot transitional area between land that contains a mix of trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers and the edge of a river, stream, or creek bank, the department said.

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