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New federal grants boost urban forestry in New York with $12.9 million in funding

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened applications for $12.9 million in federal grants aimed at bolstering urban and community forestry efforts, Commissioner Basil Seggos announced. This funding initiative, drawn from the Inflation Reduction Act and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, is designed to enhance green spaces and tree health, particularly in disadvantaged communities.


Governor Hochul highlighted this move earlier in the month as part of a broader strategy to foster a clean energy economy, advance environmental justice, and stimulate economic opportunities. Commissioner Seggos emphasized the importance of these funds for New York’s urban forestry program, urging eligible groups to apply. The focus is on two key areas: implementing community forest management plans, with $10 million allocated, and managing ash tree populations, which has $2.9 million earmarked. Applications are accepted until January 31, 2024, with a maximum of $500,000 per request and no requirement for matching funds.

To guide potential applicants, the DEC will host a virtual information session on November 15, detailing eligibility, project parameters, and application procedures. The session is intended to assist applicants in crafting effective project proposals. Further details and registration for the webinar, along with comprehensive information on the grant and application process, are available on the DEC’s website.