On September 1st, the City of Clarksville received confirmation from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that the City will receive an Ice Storm Recover Grant in the amount of $20,000 to plant one hundred trees at Heritage Park. The Ice Storm Recovery Grant money comes from the USDA Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program, and was made available to Tennessee communities within the seven counties which suffered tree damage from the January 2009 ice storm.
The trees will be planted along the North edge of the park either this fall or early next spring. The primary purpose of the tree planting project will be to provide a wind break for the soccer fields, as well as to provide beautification along 101st Airborne Division Parkway. Several species of evergreen trees; including Southern Magnolia, will be used.
The City Forester, Clint Patterson, applied for the grant with the support of Clarksville’s Tree Board and with help from City Grants Coordinator Ron McClurg.