Beacon Journal staff

STOW: The city has been awarded a $15,000 Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Tree Planting Grant.

According to the Center for Watershed Protection, an urban tree canopy is "the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above."

The grant - funded with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds through the USDA Forest Service and administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry - will analyze the urban tree canopy in Stow and identify areas where tree planting will reduce storm water runoff.

Any remaining funds will be used to purchase and plant some new street trees to replace some 60 trees removed during a storm sewer installation project a few years ago.