Earlier this month, the US Forest Service announced that the City of Billings will receive $1 million in federal funds to design and implement an urban forestry project. The city applied for the grant after members of Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council (YVCC) organized a plan to solicit the funding, garnered support from dozens of other organizations, and took the idea to city officials. The federal funds were made available from the Inflation Reduction Act.
“We are so proud of this accomplishment, and can’t wait to see the many benefits that expanded tree canopies will provide to Billings,” said Kris Glenn, chair of YVCC. “We can look forward to increased property values, improved air quality, cooler summer temperatures, and healthier, more beautiful communities across the city.”
Now that this funding has been secured, we want to encourage Billings city officials to recognize that tree cover is a necessary part of city infrastructure – not just amenities – and we want to increase the city’s tree canopy in boulevards, parks, cemeteries and other city-owned property.