The Walton Family Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $2 million to municipalities and local nonprofit organizations working to increase and diversify the tree canopy in Benton County, Arkansas.
An expansion of an effort launched by the foundation a year ago, the grants to municipalities, the Benton County Fair Association, the Rogers Historical Museum, the Friendship Community Care Children's Center, and local foundations will support the distribution of nearly three thousand trees representing twenty-five different species through community projects and tree giveaways. As the trees mature, communities will reap benefits such as cleaner air, increased shade, reduced runoff, and improved habitat for wildlife. The trees also will enhance outdoor recreational opportunities in the region, as well as the health and well-being of its residents.
"Investing in green spaces and natural infrastructure will pay off for generations to come," said Steuart Walton. "It makes towns more pleasant places to live and encourages folks to get out and experience the wonderful natural assets found in and around our communities that we often take for granted."