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For Release: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DEC Announces Nearly $1 Million in Urban Forestry Grants

Funding Will Help Support Tree Plantings and Other Projects across the State

Urban forestry grants totaling $994,878 were awarded to communities and organizations across New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The New York State Urban and Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance to communities through local DEC Urban Foresters and ReLeaf volunteers. Financial assistance is available from the state through competitive cost-share grants.

"Urban forestry programs are vital in promoting clean air, clean water, energy savings, habitat creation and improved quality of life for New York residents," Commissioner Martens said. "The significant grants announced today will help improve the environment and the economic conditions across the state by providing the benefits of cleaner, healthier communities for current and future generations to enjoy."

These grants are made possible by Governor Cuomo's level funding of $134 million for the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and will support a variety of projects involving community tree planting, tree inventories and management plans. A total of 66 recipients from cities, villages, towns and not-for-profit organizations across the state were selected to receive grants.

Quick Start grants of $1,000 each were awarded to nine communities to help create local tree planting programs and Arbor Day celebrations. The grants provide funding for trees, soil, labor and materials needed to complete the projects. Awards will be matched by funds ranging from in-kind services, donations and project-related, such as garden tools and additional trees.

Recipients were chosen from 95 applicants based on criteria that included contributions the projects will have on the local environment. In addition to environmental and forestry components, reviewers considered how projects would contribute to environmental justice by factoring in population density, relative economic status and outreach to underserved communities. Applicants were encouraged to form regional partnerships and submit proposals in alignment with their local regional economic development initiatives.

Several communities applied with the goal to "slow the spread" of the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has been killing ash trees across New York and neighboring states. In other instances, communities have applied for funds to replant trees after tropical storm Lee in 2011. New York City received grants to plant trees to support the Million Trees Initiative and several communities across the North Country are starting up programs with a Quick Start Arbor Day grant.

EPF Urban & Community Grant Awardees - "Round 11" Include:

Large Community Grants totaling $382,299
Recipients Award amount
City Parks Foundation (High Bridge Neighborhood, Bronx) $50,000.00
City of Rochester, Forestry Division $50,000.00
Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC (MARP), Brooklyn $50,000.00
Trees New York (Harlem and Hunts Point, Bronx) $46,195.00
New York Restoration Project (Highland Park, Brooklyn /Queens border) $45,794.00
CEC Stuyvesant Cove d/b/a Solar One (lower Manhattan) $25,000.00
City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Program $25,000.00
County of Onondaga $25,000.00
Wave Hill Incorporated, Bronx $25,000.00
Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry $24,000.00
Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc., Brooklyn $8,810.00
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester $7,500.00
Small Community Grants totaling $603,589
Recipients Award amount
City of Geneva $25,000.00
City of Oswego $25,000.00
City of Plattsburgh $25,000.00
City of Poughkeepsie $25,000.00
City of Rome $25,000.00
Town of Cheektowaga $25,000.00
Town of Greece $25,000.00
Town of Huntington $25,000.00
Town of Irondequoit $25,000.00
Town of Lancaster $25,000.00
Town of Tonawanda $25,000.00
Village of Freeport $25,000.00
Town of Amherst $23,962.00
Nassau County Department of Public Works $23,175.00
Village of Webster $22,000.00
City of Tonawanda $20,785.00
City of Fulton $17,350.00
City of Rome, New York $14,925.00
Village of Williamsville $12,337.00
Village of Penn Yan $12,134.24
Village of Bath $11,240.00
Parks and Forestry, City of Ithaca $10,750.00
Town of Cortlandville $10,400.00
Village of Great Neck Plaza, Inc. $10,250.00
Town of Clarkson $8,500.00
Village of Adams, New York $8,351.05
City of Elmira $7,825.00
Village of Canton $7,500.00
Town of Monroe Conservation Commission $7,000.00
Village of Fayetteville $6,473.00
Village of Owego $6,200.00
Town of Ulster $6,000.00
Village of Fairport $5,655.00
City of Norwich $5,250.00
City of Newburgh, c/o Shade Tree Commission $5,000.00
Town of Trenton $5,000.00
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York $5,000.00
Village of Homer $5,000.00
Village of Scottsville $4,550.00
The Village of Saugerties Tree Commission $4,000.00
Town of Forestport $3,900.00
Village of Angola $3,822.95
Village of Pelham $3,404.00
Village of Brockport $3,350.00
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau $2,500.00
"Quick Start" Grants totaling $8,990
Recipients Award amount
City of Dunkirk $1,000.00
Remsen Village $1,000.00
Town of Ava $1,000.00
Town of Prattsburgh $1,000.00
Town of Ulster $1,000.00
Village of Alexandria Bay $1,000.00
Village of Camden $1,000.00
Village of Central Square $1,000.00
Village of Flower Hill $990.13

For more information on New York's Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Cost-Share grants, visit DEC's website.

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