By Tierney Plumb
Washington, DC (September 18, 2009)- The D.C. Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) won $2.8 million in stimulus funding for projects that could create up to 400 full and part-time jobs. “This is what the stimulus money was intended to do- to put people to work,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.
DDOT, in partnership with the nonprofit Washington Parks & People, will use about $2.7 million to create an entity that provides a city-wide gateway to 50 different green career tracks in urban and community forestry, forest-based ecosystems and watershed restoration, said DDOT. The entity- called DC Green Corps- will be based at the new Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center in the Watts Branch sub-watershed of the Anacostia River.
DDOT, along with the D.C. Department of the Environment, also received $90,000 for the Mayor’s Green Summer Job Corps. Under the program, about 100 D.C. teenagers will work with UFA’s tree teams in such areas as data collection and maintenance of trees. DDOT’s UFA has 16 certified arborists that care for 140,000 trees throughout the city. The DC Green Corps and Mayor’s Green Summer Job Corps are among 78 forest health protection projects to receive stimulus funding from the Forest Service.
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