New Haven (March 13, 2014) – New Haven’s Urban Resources Initiative has received an Urban Forestry Award from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The $30,000 grant will improve outreach strategies and increase the number and diversity of citizens involved in urban forestry programs in New Haven.
DEEP aims to replicate these outreach strategies and make them useful to other urban forestry organizations in the state. The Urban Resources Initiative, a community not-for-profit that works in conjunction with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, has pledged to plant 1,000 trees each year in partnership with the city of New Haven.
“As we develop the outreach strategies, we will work in close partnership with the Parks Department staff as we do with all of our urban forestry work,” said URI Director Colleen Murphy-Dunning. URI is a long-time member organization of Alliance for Community Trees.
New Haven boasts the nation’s oldest public tree-planting program. The city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees administers a tree recommendation and replacement service for residents and adopt-a-tree and request-a-tree programs, and is committed to planting 1,000 trees each year on its own, in addition to the URI commitment.
According to New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, “our urban canopy is an important natural resource that reduces cooling costs–and energy use–in summer, absorbs rainwater to limit runoff and erosion, helps the environment filter greenhouse gasses and brings pastoral beauty to our streets.”
DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee presented the award at a local ceremony. Mayor Harp and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Dean Peter Crane also attended.