The City of Bowling Green is proud to announce that its esteemed City Arborist, Adrien Lowien-Kirian, has successfully secured the Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act (UCFIRA) Grant for the "Bowling Green Canopy Tree Project: The Preservation and Extension of an Old Growth Urban Forest." This grant, totaling $415,000, will facilitate critical efforts in maintaining, enhancing, and promoting the urban tree canopy within the city.
The Bowling Green Canopy Tree Project is a multifaceted initiative designed to preserve and extend the city's old-growth urban forest. Under the guidance of our dedicated City Arborist, the project encompasses several key components:
• Canopy Tree Maintenance and Pruning: A significant portion of the grant will be allocated to the maintenance and pruning of canopy trees. This essential care ensures the longevity and vitality of the existing tree population, contributing to a healthier and safer urban environment.
• Risk Mitigation and Invasive Species Removal: The project will also address safety concerns by identifying and removing trees that pose potential hazards. Additionally, efforts will be made to eradicate invasive tree species that threaten the health of the urban forest.
• Public Education and Outreach: The Bowling Green community is integral to the success of the Canopy Tree Project. A portion of the grant funds will be dedicated to public education and outreach initiatives. These efforts aim to raise awareness of the importance of canopy trees and encourage their preservation within the city.
Speaking about this significant achievement, Adrien Lowien-Kirian expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead this vital project. "This grant empowers us to protect and expand our urban forest, ensuring a greener, safer, and more beautiful future for Bowling Green. We are committed to fostering a strong sense of community and environmental responsibility."
The Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act Grant reflects a collaborative effort to support the project's core goals of tree planting and maintenance, restoration and resilience, and planning and community engagement. By addressing the immediate needs of the urban tree canopy, Bowling Green is taking a proactive approach to enhance the quality of life for its residents and strengthen the city's ecological resilience.
The Bowling Green Canopy Tree Project is an exemplary endeavor that demonstrates the city's commitment to preserving its natural assets while promoting sustainability and community engagement. It represents an important milestone in the ongoing effort to create a more vibrant and resilient urban environment.