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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

CDA Gets Money For Street & Park Trees

The City of Coeur d’Alene was awarded $133,512 in federal stimulus grant funding to perform maintenance work to street and park trees. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Coeur d’Alene is one of only four communities in Kootenai and Bonner counties that qualified for and was awarded funds.

The purpose of the funds is to help communities improve the overall health and value of their public tree resources while increasing public safety. Nearly 300 trees will be removed or pruned.

To determine street tree work, Urban Forestry personnel did hazard assessments on 250trees reported by the street tree inventory to be in “poor” condition. Over 100 of those in the poorest condition are slated for removal. An additional fifty street trees will be pruned. Most of the 118 park trees included in the grant will be pruned to improve their safety and health.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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