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The City of Lynchburg Public Works Department recently received Inflation Reduction Act funding from the U.S. Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry to trim trees and plant 250 new trees in the city.

The City of Lynchburg Public Works Department recently received Inflation Reduction Act funding from the U.S. Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry to trim trees and plant 250 new trees in the city.

Structural pruning of over 600 trees along streets and property has already begun. These trees have been identified as critical for pruning and are of critical age and size. In addition, pruning these trees will likely strengthen their long-term prosperity and resilience in Lynchburg’s urban environment.

Funds from this grant will also allow 250 new trees to be planted, improving the health and beauty of the city, providing cleaner air, and helping to reduce stormwater runoff. Many of the new trees will be planted in areas identified in previous studies as “urban heat islands,” where their shade will provide great benefits in the years to come. Planting of these trees will begin in October, when conditions are at their best.

Anyone interested in learning more about the care of Lynchburg’s City Forest or for additional information about this project can contact City Forester Nicholas Meyer at 434.455.4411.

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