Urban forestry in New York City: The High Line's green roof system is designed to allow plant beds to retain as much water as possible using drip irrigation. (Photo: Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Global Public Affairs Photo Archive)
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Grants sprout for urban forestry projects

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is making up to $1.2 million available for urban forestry projects across the state. 

The grants, which will range from $11,000 to $75,000 each, are available for tree planting, maintenance, tree inventory, community forest management plans and for educating those who care for public trees.

Eligible recipients include municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, soil and water conservation districts, community colleges, not-for-profit organizations and Indian nations or tribes.

Though tree inventories and community forest management plans do not require matching funds, tree planting, maintenance and education projects require a 25 percent match.

Funding for the projects is provided by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and is administered by the Urban and Community Forestry Program in DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests.

The deadline for applications for the grants is Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit the NYS DEC website.

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