City receives $10,000 grant to plant trees

The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded 20 grants totaling more than $250,000 to Indiana-based organizations undertaking a wide range of environmental initiatives across the state.

The city of Seymour obtained one of those grants, which can be used for a variety of projects to enhance Indiana parks, protect vulnerable habitats, support clean water and expand outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

Seymour’s $10,000 grant will support the planting of trees near the Freeman Field Recreational Complex, a 67-acre site used for sports and recreational activities. The trees at the complex at 2476 N. State Road 11 on the city’s far south side will act as a natural wind barrier while also providing shade and helping with drainage, according to a news release.

“With Duke Energy’s partnership, we’re able to increase our community’s tree canopy while also providing shade for those who utilize our sports complex,” said Stacy Findley, director of the city’s park and recreation department.

The project also will help advance the city’s goal of planting two trees for every tree that’s removed due to storms or disease.

“We’re pleased to partner with local nonprofits and organizations across our service territory to enhance the quality of life of our customers and communities,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “From planting trees to creating community gardens and nature trails, we hope to make a positive impact through meaningful and sustainable projects that make Indiana a desirable and vibrant place to live.”

Over the last five years, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than 70 grants totaling nearly $1 million to organizations across the state for projects that support environmental stewardship.

Besides Jackson County, the other grants to support conservation and educational programs were given to organzations in Boone, Clark, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Jefferson, Monroe, Owen, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Tippecanoe, Vigo and Wabash counties