Grant provides funding for cleanup projects

May 29, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful recently received two grants aimed a aiding area cleanup projects, funding will also lead to the planting of thousands of trees in the Wayne National Forest.

Thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative was able to purchase a 7’X16’ trailer stocked with cleanup equipment.

According to released information, “the trailer will be used at over a dozen cleanup events in southeast Ohio in 2013 and 2014, and is available for use throughout the 13 southeastern Ohio counties who are partners of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. The 13 counties include, Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Athens, Hocking, Monrow, Noble, Morgan and Perry Counties.”

According to Dan Palmer, Director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, the trailer will have a great use within Scioto and Lawrence Counties in the future.

“Since Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is 13 counties, that trailer will become available to each one of those counties. I talked with Gary Chancey, Chairman of the Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Board and they still have to work out the details of how you apply for the usage of it,” Palmer said.

Once available, the trailer will be equipped with safety vests, shovels, brooms, rakes, litter bags and gloves, a weed eater, leaf blower among many other items.

Recently, the organization received a $4,000 grant from Waste Management to plant trees.

According to released information, the grant is a part of Waste Managements Think Green nationwide effort to improve community environments through cleanups, beautification, recycling and educational programs. A total of 50 grants were awarded nationwide.

Each grant recipient had to submit a proposal to the organization for consideration of funding.

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful’s proposal included two tree planting and beautification projects within Wayne National Forest, one at the Ironton Ranger District. Grant funds are expected to fund the planting of 1,000 trees near the entrance of the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area.

The second project will include the planting of several trees at the Athens Ranger District of Wayne National Forest as a part of this grant.

For more information about Keep America Beautiful visit, www.kabcleanup.org.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.