Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ketchum gets $8,700 to plant trees

Express Staff Writer

Jen Smith

As the result of an $8,700 state grant, more trees will be planted in downtown Ketchum by this summer.

City Arborist Jen Smith announced Saturday, Jan. 12, that the Idaho Department of Lands had awarded a Community Transportation Enhancement Grant to the Community Forestry Division of Ketchum's Parks and Recreation Department.

The grant will be used to help pay for tree plantings during Phase 2 of the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor project, both east and west of Main Street, Smith stated in a news release. It will also help with a tree replacement project on the south end of Main Street in front of the Kentwood Lodge.

The Community Transportation Enhancement Grants are specifically intended to improve transportation corridors with tree plantings in Idaho's towns and cities.

The two planting projects are expected to begin as early as April, and should be completed by the Fourth of July, Smith said.

"The Community Forestry Division is really coming into its own now," she said. "Risk mitigation, resource inventories, annual planning and maintenance are finally producing results-it's time to start planting more!"

The Fourth Street work will be part of an ongoing city project to beautify the street and make it more pedestrian friendly.

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