By New Haven Register
Hartford, CT (February 15, 2010)- Area municipalities and nonprofit organizations will receive America the Beautiful grants to cover urban forestry activities such as developing a municipal forest plan and taking inventory of significant trees and the planting of new ones, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Sunday.
“Planting new trees and providing continued care of existing ones is an important part of environmental protection, not only in Connecticut but throughout the nation and the world,” the governor said in a statement. “These grants provide an opportunity for local communities and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of all of our lives.”
Three local recipients and the activities for which they will use the grants are: Town of Hamden, tree planting, inventory and maintenance plan and Hamden Town Center Park; City of West Haven, Boston Post Road tree planting and city tree inventory; and Branford Garden Club, Rosenthal Gardens revitalization.
Connecticut’s America the Beautiful Urban Forestry Grant Program is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Applicants may seek grants of up to $8,000 through the state Department of Environmental Protection.
“Over the past decade, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $625,000 in America the Beautiful grants,” Commissioner Amey Marrella said. “These funds are then matched by an equal amount of in-kind efforts and local funds. We are pleased to continue this important partnership by which DEP offers funding and expertise and municipalities and non-profits offer their creativity, energy and enthusiasm.”
Competition was intense, Rell’s office said, as the amount of requests outnumbered available funding by nearly a 3-to-1 ratio.