U.S. forest service awards grants to Laurinburg and Fayetteville

July 21, 2012 by  

The towns of Laurinburg and Fayetteville in North Carolina received grants from the United States Forestry Service this month as part of an effort to help create or expand forests in local and urban communities. The towns are no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to make those residents in the respective towns aware of the grants so that they can take part in these efforts to improve the forests in their communities.

A total of $79,000 was distributed to eight recipients across the United States. The Public Works Commission of Fayetteville will receive $7,642 for the tree power project in the town, while the city of Laurinburg will receive $14,100, almost twice that of Fayetteville, for compiling a tree inventory and maintenance report.

According to State Forester Wib Owen, commenting in a news release announcing the awards, they will make a significant contribution to creating healthy urban forests in these communities. Having good forests in an urban setting not only adds to the esthetics of a community but offers additional benefits to its citizens. Owens pointed out that trees filter pollutants from the environment, moderate the extremes of temperatures, and help to increase property values.

The primary purpose of the North Carolina Forest Service is to insure that there are adequate and quality forest services for the state so that present and future needs can be met. The Forest Service does this by managing existing resources, creating and developing new forests, and protecting these forests from human and environmental hazards.