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File #: RES 16-377    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 3/9/2016
Title: Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation/Forestry staff to seek Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement grant funding on behalf of the City, and, if successful, enter into an agreement with the State, which includes an indemnification clause, to accept $30,000 in grant funds on behalf of the City.
Sponsors: Russ Stark
Title
Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation/Forestry staff to seek Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement grant funding on behalf of the City, and, if successful, enter into an agreement with the State, which includes an indemnification clause, to accept $30,000 in grant funds on behalf of the City.

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WHEREAS, the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), has provided the funding to the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement grant program; and

WHEREAS, the DNR and its partners will be selecting communities to participate in the program; and

WHEREAS, the grants will be made to enable communities to increase their capacity to manage their community forest by creating or expanding their "volunteer-base" community forestry activities; and

WHEREAS, political subdivisions of Minnesota such as the City of Saint Paul are eligible to apply for the grant; and

WHEREAS, such grant funding will allow the City, Department of Parks and Recreation through its Forestry unit to increase citizen engagement in planting an estimated 350 trees over the next two years through volunteer projects, and to provide care for trees through Citizen Forester pruning and watering programs, and to expand educational and outreach opportunities within the community; and

WHEREAS, the amount of the grant is $30,000 and requires a 25% match of which half can be in-kind support; and

WHEREAS, if funded, the grant agreement will require that the grantee indemnify the State, its agents and employees from any claims or causes of action arising from performance of the grant agreement; and

WHEREAS, the Saint Paul City Council finds that accepting these grant funds will allow Parks and Recreation to enhance the urban forest; and

WHEREAS, the expenditure of pub...

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