WV Project CommuniTree

“Building Communities from the Roots Up”

 

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West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree planting and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, & Pendleton counties).  The program also focuses on enhancing and promoting awareness of watershed and riparian area needs such as storm water management, water quality issues, buffer zone planting, and soil erosion. The project is entirely volunteer based and engages stakeholders in the process of making priority decisions within their respective communities and offers a strong educational message along with a physical planting component. CommuniTree is a program of the WV Conservation Agency and the WV Potomac Tributary Team that is engaged in on-the-ground actions throughout the Potomac headwaters.

 

CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.  Twice annually groups can apply for CTree Kits for spring and fall plantings.  CTree Kits include:

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Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for Shade, Reforestation, etc.   

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Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer; and   

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Mulch to foster good root growth

 

Successful CTree applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the WV Division of Forestry.  Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees).  Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites.

 

CTree is designed so any volunteer group or public entities, regardless of experience, can apply for help from CTree and the WV Division of Forestry.  We want your group to apply and join the growing number of volunteers who are making their communities more beautiful and health by planting trees.  CTree applications include: 

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Cover Letter: General information about your group, including group name & address, project leader & location, etc.

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Proposal: More in depth information about their organization (structure, number of members, past tree planting experience), details on the proposed project including description of need, objectives, and an explanation of how the project will be evaluated.

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Site Checklist: Checklist for evaluating a proposed planting site including hydrology, topography, current vegetation, and potential conflicts with underground or overhead utilities.

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Tree Maintenance Form: Groups must outline a multi-year plan to maintain the health of the trees through proper watering, mulching, and care.

 

Application MaterialsYou prepare your application using a writeable PDF with an email button.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software on your computer to use the PDF form; if you don't already have it, download Adobe Reader for free.   Fall 2014 CTree grant applications (PDF) is now available and are due by July 31st, 2014.

 

Useful Resources for grantees:

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       CTree Kits (113 KB, PDF)

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       In-Kind Rates Sheet (184KB PDF)

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       Example of Invoice for In-Kind (276KB PDF)

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       In-kind Match Example  (38KB, PDF)

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       Frequently Asked Questions 

 

It is the law, call before you dig!  (CTree representatives will help successful applicants with contacting “Miss Utility” to have the planting site inspected.  Background information on Miss Utility.)

 

Eleven Autumn 2012 CTree Grants were awarded: Leetown Izaak Walton League (Jefferson County), Jefferson County Parks and Recreation (Jefferson County), Wildwood Middle School (Jefferson County), South Jefferson Elementary School (Jefferson County), Musselman High School (Berkeley County), Opequon Creek Project Team (Berkeley County), Berkeley Spring Tree Board (Morgan County), Paw Paw K-12 School (Hampshire County), WV Department of Natural Resources (Hampshire County), Moorefield Elementary School (Hardy County), and Grant County Housing Authority (Grant County).  See a map of project sites.

 

3/30/2012.  Below, CI's Tanner Haid sorts trees into "tree kits" for the Spring CTree planting in the Eastern Panhandle.

 

 

The WV Conservation Agency, Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Valley Conservation District, WV Division of Forestry, Cacapon Institute, and other WV Potomac Tributary Team partners are prepared to help your group have a fun and successful volunteer tree planting experience.  Don’t hesitate to contact us to be put in touch with your local CTree representative.

 

For more information, contact: Cacapon Institute's Urban Forestry Coordinator

 

The 2012 round of CommuniTree grants is made possible by federal funding from the USDA Forest Service.

 

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Cacapon Institute - From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, we protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

Cacapon Institute
PO Box 68
High View, WV 26808
304-856-1385 (tele)
304-856-1386 (fax)
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Frank Rodgers,  Executive Director

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