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Posted on: September 12, 2023

The Village of Montgomery Receives an Urban Forestry Grant from the USDA

Arboretum Garden Park

Montgomery, IL – Montgomery, IL – The Village of Montgomery was awarded a $5,000 grant to assist in developing an urban forestry management plan.

The funds were provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Forestry and Partner Grant Program and administered by The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI).

“The Village’s Forestry Division within the Public Works Department is dedicated to the importance and maintenance of our community’s natural infrastructure. Trees are critical; they provide us clean air, help reduce flooding, and provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife,” says Ed Pfaff, Village Forestry Supervisor. 

The grant will allow the Village to create and develop a formal Urban Forestry Management Plan, clearly outlining its policies and goals for maintaining and preserving its publicly owned trees. Additionally, the plan will outline the several SSAs managed by the Village, the oversite and the degree of oversite of privately owned trees, and define the standard operating procedures for day-to-day maintenance and plan storm disaster emergency response actions.

The Village would like to thank the supporting organizations for this opportunity and support from the USDA, IDNR, the Morton Arboretum, and the CRTI. This funding allows us to create, finalize, and execute a detailed management plan sooner. For more information on the Forestry program and initiatives at Village Hall, visit or contact Forestry Supervisor Ed Pfaff at