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City receives tree planting grant
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City of Covington officials thankfully received a $6,000 tree planting grant from the Upper Ocmulgee River and Chestatee Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils. The grant funds will be used to plant trees in City Pond Park. This project has many benefits to the local community. The grant funding source comes from the American Recovery and Re-investment Act. This project will stimulate local green jobs by purchasing trees from local private nurseries and employing private landscape contractors to plant and maintain the trees for three years.

City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams and City Forester Kevin Sorrow were thanked for working promptly to submit the initial grant proposal. Also receiving funding to plant trees in additional communities in Newton County are the City of Oxford, $6,000, and the Newton County Board of Commissioners, $2,300. For additional information contact Jerome Brown, USDA RC&D Coordinator at (770) 339-6071.