For Immediate Release                                                                  

Contact: Jeffrey Wait, Executive Director
6834 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053

March 23, 2020                                                                                                                 

Morton Grove Park District Receives Urban and Community Forestry Grant 

Morton Grove, Illinois (March, 2020) — Morton Grove is among 20 Illinois communities awarded grants administered by The Morton Arboretum in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, to help improve Illinois urban forestry. 

                The $2,750 Urban and Community Forestry Grant will cover the majority of costs needed to conduct a tree inventory.  A tree inventory is needed to determine the number, type/specie, condition/health and location of each tree within the park district boundaries. This will enable Morton Grove Park District to track, monitor, and add/delete to the inventory as needed. 

Most importantly, an inventory is required to be in place before the District can apply for other grants e.g., State or Federal programs. After the inventory we will begin applying for grants to add trees to our parks. 

                 “Increasing the number of trees in our community and caring for them long-term are essential to our economy, safety and personal well-being,” Jeffrey Wait, Executive Director. 

The 2019 / 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant program is made possible by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service to meet urban and community forestry goals throughout Illinois. The matching grants provide opportunities for public entities (municipalities, park districts, forest preserves etc.) to support any combination of tree planting, developing a management plan, completing a tree inventory, or developing a tree preservation / protection ordinance. Grantees are required to update their ordinances or pass new ones to meet required standards. The Morton Arboretum provides free assistance to ensure that communities are able to meet the requirements. 

The grants were awarded through a competitive process, with over $217,000 in available funds distributed evenly north and south of highway I-80, and communities competing in their own geographic areas. Morton Grove Park District is required to match the grant funding, either financially or in-kind. 

The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden,16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming 1.2 million visitors annually and serving 54,000 member households. Learn more at