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Habitat for Humanity Announces Tree Care Program

BEMIDJI (February 15, 2024) - Northwoods Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce a new A Brush with Kindness Program providing tree care services for qualified low-income home owners in Beltrami and Clearwater Counties. The program is made possible through grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the USDA Forest Services, and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

The Serving Community Forests by Assisting Low-Income Homeowners Program provides assistance for:

• removal of damaged/fallen/dead trees

• replacement of trees

• planting of trees if none exist

• trimming and treatment of damaged, diseased trees.

Applicants must be less than 60% of median income for Beltrami and Clearwater Counties as well as meet other qualifications. A full list, along with the program application, can be found at our website - Interested residents may also call the Habitat office at 218-751-4649 for more information.

"Since the storm of 2012, we have continued to hear from homeowners that the cost of removing and replacing damaged and dead trees is far beyond what they can afford," said Executive Director Geri Hickerson. "This grant funding allows us to assist low to moderate income homeowners maintain their property which, ultimately, benefits our community. Well-maintained trees benefit communities by reducing pollution in lakes and rivers, and removing airborne pollutants. Additionally, areas with more trees have reduced rates of respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease and childhood asthma rates (per US Environmental Protection Agency)."

The application period will be open now through June 1, 2024.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Main Contact: Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, Phone: (218)751-4649,

About Northwoods Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit grass-roots Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1990, Habitat has served more than 61 families in our area by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes. To learn more about Northwoods Habitat, please visit, or follow us at


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