Representative Ron Lollar, Lakeland's Tennessee State House Representative advised of approval of a grant of $8,761 to the City of Lakeland to help with urban forest management staffing.
The grant was approved after a review by state urban forestry officials and the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Grant Review Committee. Properly managed trees in urban environments can aid economic development efforts and help with air quality, heat island effect, storm water retention, water quality and aesthetics.
This grant has substantially increased the capacity of the City of Lakeland to handle Lakeland's forests and natural resources. The grant has partially funded the Natural Resources Technician position, which has provided the City to develop the Natural Resource Inventory and the nationally recognized Lakeland Natural Resources Program.
Natural Resources Director Eric Bridges, Natural Resources Director Nick Bridgeman and the Natural Resources Board are dedicated to the effective management of our Natural Resources and we appreciate their dedication and hard work. The Natural Resources Board includes John Ward, Hank Hess, Billie Fae Horton, Anthony Neri, James Bacon, Clay Rogers and Commissioner Randy Nicholson.