City offering grants to fight cankerworms

The City of Charlotte is offering grants to neighborhood associations that want to place sticky bands on trees to catch and kill cankerworms.

The city's Neighborhood Matching Grants program will award up to $3,000 to eligible neighborhood organizations to help support banding projects.

This year, banding and a spring aerial spraying program helped curb the spread of cankerworms, moth larvae that devastated Charlotte's tree canopies in the springs of 2006 and 2007. The sticky bands catch the caterpillars as they crawl up tree trunks to breed.

To be eligible, organizations must operate in neighborhoods with median household income of no more than $64,219. Those located in the areas of highest infestation may also be eligible.

People who want to apply can attend one of these workshops:

6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 1, Independence Library, 6015 Conference Drive.

9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 4, Old City Hall, 600 East Trade St.

6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 7, Freedom Regional Library, 1230 Alleghany St.

6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 13, Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Rd.

The application deadline is Nov. 3. For more information, contact Tracy Greene at 704-336-3955 or visit neigh bor hoods.char meck.org.