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November 15, 2013

KVCB awarded grant to plant trees

DANVILLE — Volunteers are welcome to help plant trees Saturday as part of a Keep Vermilion County Beautiful grant project.

Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation announced earlier this year that Keep Vermilion County Beautiful (KVCB) was a recipient of a 2013 KAB/UPS Community Tree Planting Grant, according to a press release. KVCB is one of 30 KAB affiliates throughout the country that was awarded a grant, which are being used for tree planting initiatives in urban and suburban communities.

The UPS grants are part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative designed to plant more than 1 million trees around the world by the end of 2013.

KVCB’s grant project will provide 28 new street trees to be planted in the area along West Williams Street between Harmon and North Logan avenues.

The program also links KAB affiliate organizations with a local UPS employee team who will provide essential volunteer support to plant the trees, in addition to the grant funding.

The Danville Parks Division also is providing support with personnel and equipment to deliver and excavate the locations for the trees.

Trees will be delivered to the planting sites this week and UPS employees will be volunteering their time starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Other volunteers are welcome to participate.

“The addition of trees will make a big visual impact to the West Williams Street area,” said Steve Lane, KVCB board member and project coordinator, in a press release. “We chose to plant this area due to the lack of existing street trees and the unusually wide area between the curb and sidewalks.”

“Not only is Keep America Beautiful supporting our Global Forestry Initiative, but, it’s also providing local volunteer opportunities for our employees to help preserve, protect and restore forests around the nation,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation, also in the press release. “This is the sixth year Keep America Beautiful is a UPS Foundation grantee.”

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