City of Bloomington Urban Forestry Program Support
Members of the BUFRG team have supported the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Program through not only conducting inventories for the City, but more recently through leading student teams in case studies for neighborhoods and other city-requested initiatives. In the past, students have assisted the City Forestry Program in grant writing to help obtain funding for the planting of trees and urban forest management.
The newest partnership (see July 2021 in Recent News) between BUFRG and the City of Bloomington is for an upcoming survey of individuals living in lower-canopy neighborhoods selected for large-scale street tree plantings. Residents will be mailed surveys before the plantings to better understand residents’ viewpoints on environmental conditions in their neighborhoods, the value of urban trees, and the role of the city’s urban forestry department. A follow-up survey will be sent to respondents after the plantings to assess impacts of the tree plantings on neighborhoods and individual residents. After data analysis is complete, results will be presented to city officials.
SPEA Urban Forestry classes (E422/E522) case studies for 2014-2018 are compiled in the folder below. These include not only projects for the City of Bloomington, but also projects for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the IUB Campus.
Previous student grant writing for the City Forester includes the following:
2014: Former BUFRG student, Rachael Bergmann, worked with the Urban Forestry Program to write grants to plant trees and improve urban forest health in Bloomington. Through the award of two grants, the city received a total of $17,425.00 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and ALCOA Foundation, which resulted in 185 street tree plantings, 100 of which replaced ash trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer.
2012: Graduate students Matt Patterson and Nick Myers supported the City with writing grants amounting to $10,355 in awarded funds.