NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.

    All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is December through March.

    Five grants, at $500 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $2,500 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. TWRA will accept proposals through Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2023.

    Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the organization. The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description.

    Contact Della Sawyers at (615) 781-6577 or by e-mail at [email protected] with any questions. For additional information, interested persons may also contact a regional Aquatic Habitat Protection biologist at the TWRA offices:

    Region I

    Allen Pyburn
    200 Lowell Thomas Drive
    Jackson, TN 38301
    (731) 423-6541
    Email: [email protected]

    Region 2

    Katie Murphy
    5102 Edmondson Pike
    Nashville, TN 37211
    (615) 934-6213
    Email: [email protected]

    Region 3

    Bobby Brown
    464 Industrial Boulevard
    Crossville, TN 38555
    (931) 484-9571
    Email: [email protected]

    Region 4

    Rob Lindbom
    3030 Wildlife Way
    Morristown, TN 37814
    (423) 587-7037
    Email: [email protected]