DEEP Announces Grants for Urban Forestry Projects

Jan 25th, 2012 | By | Category: General

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today announced 17 municipalities and non-profit organizations will receive $81,425 in America the Beautiful grants for urban forestry projects in their communities.  These grants cover a range of urban forestry activities, including an urban tree canopy assessment in New Britain, improvements to a volunteer tree nursery in Milford and the replacement of trees lost to Tropical Storm Irene in Sprague.

Communities across the state will benefit from these grants, from Sprague to Wilton and from New Haven to Simsbury.

Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, “Improving and managing urban forests in Connecticut touches everyone’s lives, whether you live or work in a city, suburbs or rural area.  The trees you come into contact every day including ones along a highway, in a park or in residential and commercial neighborhoods are vital to the quality of life in Connecticut. The America the Beautiful Grants awarded recently will help communities meet their forestry management goals during these tough economic times and will preserve natural resources and their beauty in Connecticut.”

The state’s America the Beautiful Urban Forestry Grant Program is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.

Under the America the Beautiful Grant Program, municipalities and non-profit organizations are able to apply to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for grants of up to $8,000. It is a requirement for reimbursement that all expenditures are to be matched dollar for dollar. This match may be a financial match or it may be achieved by in-kind contributions of goods or services donated by grant partners or a combination of both.

2011 America the Beautiful Grant Awards

Total Amount Awarded: $81,425

Town of Sprague

Replacement of Trees Damaged or Lost due to Tropical Storm Irene


Sprague is one of the southeastern Connecticut towns hard hit by the August tropical storm.  This grant will help the town replace some of the lost urban forest through the replacement planting of roadside trees.


Norwalk Tree Alliance

Norwalk Tree Farm


The Norwalk Tree Alliance is a very active non-profit organization that will use the grant funding to develop a small tree nursery and encourage citizen involvement in tree projects.


Town of Oxford

Oxford High School Reforestation


The grant funds will be used to plant legacy trees on the grounds of Oxford High School, that will combine course work in the school with the actual tree plantings.


Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency

Greening the Air: Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Enhancement


The RPA will assess the urban tree canopy in New Britain and develop an implementation plan to enhance and increase the benefits from having a healthy urban forest in an active urban center.


New Haven Urban Resources Initiative

Inner City Tree Planting in Low Canopy Neighborhoods


The thrust of this effort is increased access to urban forestry tools and trainings for citizens in New Haven who are primarily Spanish-speaking.  Educational materials and a tree planting session will help foster involvement in urban forestry within New Haven’s Spanish community.


City of Waterbury

Central Fulton Park Urban Forestry Project


As the City seeks to restore the historic Fulton Park, it will focus on improving the central section of the park, through tree plantings, tree removals, control of invasive plants and the creation of a community garden.


Town of Washington

Village Shade Trees and Native, Educational Garden Project


The town will create a native plant garden in the front of Town Hall that will include shrubs and several new, native trees.  This garden will then become an educational resource for teachers and students from the nearby primary school.


Town of Branford

Tree Inventory and Condition Analysis


The town will expand an existing inventory of the Town Green into the neighborhoods around the Green, and use this inventory to help guide tree maintenance efforts in that neighborhood.


Town of Wilton

Promoting and Protecting Wilton’s Urban Tree Canopy


In conjunction with the development of a 3 year management plan, the town is initiating a pilot project by which the town shares with the owners of private trees the costs and responsibilities of maintaining those trees.  By offering the services, the town acknowledges the public benefits from those trees.  By accepting the services, the private tree owners commit to retaining those trees for their public value.


Knox Parks, Inc.

Urban Orchards: Expanding the Role of Forestry in Hartford


Knox Parks, a very active non-profit within the City of Hartford, will augment the rangeof urban forestry activities in the City through the creation of two demonstration fruit tree orchards.


Town of East Lyme

East Lyme Municipal Tree Nursery


The town will establish a municipally-owned nursery that will raise trees for future planting along the streets of East Lyme.


Milford Trees Inc.

Milford Trees Inc. Nursery Expansion Project


Milford Trees Inc is a widely respected and accomplished group of tree volunteers who run a tree nursery on town-owned land in the city.  These trees are used for planting along the city’s streets.  The grant will help the group re-organize and improve activities at this nursery.


Town of Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill Legacy Tree Planting for Elm Ridge Park and Amphitheater


The town will coordinate with the Boy Scouts in an Eagle Scout project involving the planting of six sugar maples within Elm Ridge Park.


City of West Haven

Savin Avenue Tree Restoration Project


As part of an ongoing tree restoration project, the City will plant trees along Savin Avenue.


Town of New Milford

Planting and Maintenance of Legacy Trees on the New Milford Town Green


The town will replant trees on the Town Green to help maintain the urban forest locally and provide benefits for future generations of citizens of New Milford.


Town of Watertown

Munson Park Tree Replacement / Installation


The town will plant six sycamore trees in Munson Park, helping to revitalize the park’s tree canopy.


Town of Simsbury

Shultz Park Tree Identification, Mapping and Gazebo Improvements


In the gazebo located in the middle of Schultz Park, a map has been painted on the ceiling identifying the location of trees planted in the park.  This grant will allow the town to refurbish the map within the gazebo and also place identifying tags in front of the trees noted on the map.


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