Monday, October 1, 2018

DCNR, PA Urban & Community Forestry Council Announces $100,000 In Grants To Support Local TreeVitalize Tree Plantings, Stream Buffers

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and the PA Urban and Community Forestry Council, Monday announced the approval of $100,000 in funding through the TreeVitalize Program to support 25 tree planting, community forestry, and urban riparian buffer projects statewide.
“TreeVitalize efforts continue to grow since the program first was launched on Arbor Day 2004 in Philadelphia, with more some 400,000 shade trees planted in communities statewide,” Dunn said. “The funding announced today extend benefits to be enjoyed by even more residents and will allow for more almost 1,000 trees to be planted across the state.”
Funds will provide opportunities for municipalities and non-profit organizations to create more sustainable community and urban foresting networks through coordinated tree plantings, volunteer engagements, and municipal support.
Tree planting grant recipients include:
-- Brentwood, Allegheny County, $4,250 for 40 trees
-- Leechburg Shade Tree Commission, Armstrong County, $3,000, 20 trees
-- Darlington, Beaver County, $1,500, eight trees
-- Bloomsburg, Columbia County, $6,464, 47 trees
-- Titusville Shade Tree Commission, Crawford County, $1,952, 15 trees
-- North East, Erie County, $5,647, 49 trees
-- Forest County Historical Society, Forest County, $1,755, 10 trees
-- Mansfield Shade Tree Commission, Tioga County, $3,439, 29 trees
-- Westfield, Tioga County, $2,640, 22 trees
-- Lititz, Lancaster County, $6,800, 34 trees
-- Kingston, Luzerne County, $4,250, 34 trees
-- Williamsport, Lycoming County, $8,281, 80 trees
-- Easton, Northampton County, $7,920, 48 trees
-- Rotary Club of York, York County, $12,102, 200 trees
Community forestry grant recipients, accentuating the value of local woodland tracts, include:
-- Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, $5,000.
-- Lancaster, Lancaster County, $6,000
-- Riverfront North Partnership, Philadelphia, $5,900
-- Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, $8,100
Urban riparian buffer grants recipients, designed to protect city and community waterways, include:  
-- Moon, Allegheny County, $5,145
-- Bernville, Berks County, $2,700
-- YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Chester County, $4,4858
-- Willistown Conservation Trust, Delaware County, $5,638
-- Pottstown, Montgomery County, $2,500
-- Hatboro, Montgomery County, $1,500
-- McDonald, Washington County, $3,032
TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership established by DCNR to help build capacity within communities to plan for, plant, and care for trees. Educational training is also offered to help citizens understand the diverse benefits of trees and the importance of properly planting and maintaining them.
For more information, visit DCNR’s Community Tree Management webpage and the PA Urban and Community Forestry Council website.
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