GREEN RIVER– The Green River Parks and Recreation Department will apply for a grant that would help allow the city to plant 40 total trees on the north side of East Teton Boulevard along the municipal horse corrals to Green River Animal Control.
The Green River City Council unanimously approved the submission of a grant application to the Wyoming State Forestry Division for a 2020 Wyoming Urban and Community Forestry grant.
The grant would fund $4,500, and the city’s cash match would be $4,925, which would be expended from the existing operating budget. The total project cost would be $9,425 for the trees and the installation and planting.
Forty trees in total would be planted, but the grant would cover 28 trees: 9 six-foot Colorado Blue Spruce, 10 two-inch caliper Accolade elm, and 9 two-inch caliper Espresso Kentucky Coffee trees. The trees will be alternated along East Teton Boulevard.
The remaining 12 trees will be purchased with a Wyoming Game and Fish grant the city has already received. Those 12 trees will be planted along the Green Belt between animal control and the horse corrals where the future dog park will be located.
The purpose of the project is to create a tree canopy to provide more attractive grounds along East Teton Boulevard. Brad Raney, Green River Parks and Recreation Director, said the trees would act as a screen and needed shade between the road and the horse corrals.
The trees would also create an additional barrier of safety for the future dog park and existing horse corrals. It will additionally help with stabilization of the road bank and assist with storm water mitigation in the area.