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For Release: Friday, February 17, 2023

DEC to Host Virtual Public Information Session for Round 16 of Urban and Community Forestry Grants

March 29 Meeting Includes Review of Grant and Application Process and Requirements

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Urban and Community Forestry Program will host an informational webinar on March 29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in advance of the release of the Round 16 Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program Grant Request for Applications (RFA). The information session will include changes since the last round of the grant, disadvantaged community criteria, local partnership requirements, application requirements, and time dedicated for questions for prospective grant applicants.

"Trees and community forests provide myriad environmental and public health benefits including cooling during high temperatures, carbon sequestration and storage, storm water retention, improved mental and physical health, and much more," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "A community forest requires planning and care to provide the highest level of benefits and DEC's grant program can help New Yorkers best coordinate that planning and care."

The UCF Round 16 RFA will be available in late Spring 2023. Project categories include planting, maintenance, tree inventories, and community forest management plans.

DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program works with communities to manage their community forests and develop self-sustaining local community forestry programs.

Registration is required for this free information session.

Register in advance:

For more information about DEC's UCF program visit DEC's website.

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