April 25, 2013
DEEP Announces Grants for Urban Forestry Projects
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced 10 municipalities and non-profit organizations will receive $49,645 in America the Beautiful grants for urban forestry projects. These grants cover a range of urban forestry activities, including a comprehensive urban forest management plan for East Hartford's business district, replacing trees in storm ravaged sections of Essex, and providing Bridgeport youth tree inventory and mapping training opportunities. The state’s America the Beautiful Urban Forestry Grant Program is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.
DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, “These grants show the diversity and creativity of local urban forestry programs throughout the state. These funds will also help communities implement recommendations listed in the State Vegetative Management Task Force’s August 2012 final report, better preparing Connecticut for future storm events. Communities across the state will benefit from these grants, from Sprague to Brookfield and from Milford to Plymouth.
“Trees, especially urban trees, play a pivotal role cleaning our air, protecting our water, and reducing our energy consumption, making a significantly contribution to our everyday quality of life.”
Under the America the Beautiful Grant Program, municipalities and non-profit organizations are able to apply to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for grants of up to $8,000. It is a requirement for reimbursement that all expenditures are to be matched dollar for dollar. This match may be a financial match or it may be achieved by in-kind contributions of goods or services donated by grant partners or a combination of both.
America the Beautiful Grant Awards
Total Amount Awarded: $49,645
The 10 communities that are to receive funding from the America the Beautiful grant program for the upcoming year are:
The City of Ansonia, which will receive $3,780 to plant approximately 28 trees at various locations around the city, to provide shade, aesthetics and other environmental benefits, and to demonstrate the importance of a balanced ecosystem.
Groundwork Bridgeport, a Bridgeport non-profit that works extensively with young people on environmental issues, which will use the $8,000 it receives to purchase equipment and train young people in the techniques of inventorying and mapping trees within the City of Bridgeport.
The Town of Brookfield, through its Conservation Commission, which will use $1,735 to plant trees on the Gurski Homestead Property, in order to create a forest buffer as part of its 2013 Earth Day celebration.
The Town of East Hartford, which will use $7,050 to inventory the public trees in East Hartford's business district and develop a comprehensive management plan for these trees.
The Town of Essex, which will receive $2,280 to replant trees lost in the Ivoryton section of town due to the recent storms.
Hartford's Bushnell Park Foundation, which will receive $8,000 to work with the City of Hartford to inventory and update the maps it has of the trees in Bushnell Park, develop a comprehensive management plan for these trees, begin work on the management of these trees and publish these results of its efforts so that the public may better enjoy the park.
The Town of Madison, which will receive $2,000 to identify and map notable trees along the Boston Post Road in town and along adjacent commercial areas.
The City of Milford, which will receive $8,000 to develop a comprehensive management plan for Eisenhower Park and other publically own properties, based on information received from the public through an extensive outreach effort.
The Town of Plymouth, which will apply $800 towards developing a Champion Tree Guide Map of exceptional trees within the town, so that the public can better find and enjoy these trees.
The Town of Sprague, which will receive $8,000 to continue the development of a leaf screen around the Baltic Reservoir, an important natural resource within that community.
The majority of the work on these grants will be conducted this year, with most grants slated for conclusion by December. The grants represent the wide range of diversity, in programs, in communities, in approach, and in opportunity that exists within the urban forestry programs in Connecticut.