USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANTS AWARDED
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2001 -- U.S.
Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale
Bosworth today announced ten recipients of federal
grants totaling $997,998 to benefit the nations
urban and community forests.
Urban forests improve our quality of life,
shade our homes, provide wildlife habitats, and
reduce storm-water runoff, Bosworth said in
making the awards.
Thegrants will fund projects that will help the
Forest Service understand the effects of urban forests
on health, crime and energy use. The Forest Service
will work with local organizations on communication,
education and problem solving, and to help promote
the planting and maintenance of healthy urban forests.
Recipients of the cost-share grants were selected
from 92 proposals in a competitive process, based
on criteria developed by the National Urban and
Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). The
NUCFAC is a 15-member advisory council established
in 1990 legislation, made up of representatives
from communities, universities, non-profit forestry
and conservation citizen organizations, landscape
and design consultants, the forest product or nursery
industry, professional renewable natural resource
organizations, and USDA. The council reviews the
proposals and makes recommendations to the Forest
Service, which makes the awards.
In 2001, grants will support urban and community
projects from Seattle, Wash. to Naples, N.Y.
"The 2001 grants will enable a diversity of
organizations and institutions to contribute significantly
to our knowledge base regarding how urban forests
improve the quality of the environment and the quality
of human life," according to Deborah Gangloff,
chair of NUCFAC and executive director of American
Forests, Washington D.C.
Previous grants resulted in developing community
forest plans, methods for identifying the costs
and benefits of trees in communities, ways to conserve
energy, techniques for communities to care for their
forests, and educational programs to promote the
importance of urban and community forestry.
Since NUCFAC's inception, the Forest Service has
supported 102 competitive cost-share proposals that
promote urban and community forestry nationwide.
Proposals are submitted in a variety of categories
selected and announced by NUCFAC in the fall of
Recipients of the 2001 grants for urban and community
Category 1: National Assessment of Current
Urban and Community Forestry Programs to
conduct and disseminate a comprehensive assessment
of the nations urban and community forestry
programs in order to obtain the current status and
the future potential of nation-wide programs for
long-range planning, development, and implementation.
National Assessment of Current Urban and Community
Forestry Programs submitted by HortScience,
Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif.
Category 2: Guidebook for Assisting Communities
to Develop a Sustainable Urban and Community Forestry
Program to develop and produce a comprehensive
(model) guidebook that communities can use to create
successful and sustainable urban and community forestry
Sustainable Urban and Community Forestry Program
Guidebook submitted by The National Arbor Day
Foundation in Lincoln, Neb.
Category 3: Creative and Innovative Projects
to increase the publics understanding and
knowledge of the value, health and benefits of the
urban and community forest.
Our Heritage of Community Trees submitted
by the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry
Council in University Park, Penn.
Computer Animated Stormwater Runoff Model
submitted by the Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern
Kentucky in Fort Wright, Ky.
Web Site Enhancement for arborday.org submitted
by The National Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln,
Urban Forestry in Schools A Model
for Non-Profits and Educators submitted by Treemendous
in Seattle, Wash.
Dissemination of an Approach to Integrate Urban
Tree Planting in State and Federal Air Quality Improvement
Programs submitted by the Davey Resource Group
in Naples, N.Y.
Integrating a High-Powered Urban Forest Benefits
Model in a User-Friendly, Public Domain Program
submitted by the Davey Resource Group in Naples,
TreeLink: An Expanding Canopy of
Urban and Community Forestry Knowledge submitted
by TreeUtah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Conveying the Power of Trees: A National Outreach
Effort submitted by the University of Illinois
in Urbana, Ill.