|Federal funding provided to California ReLeaf through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in late 2009 continues to spur significant job growth and retention within California’s urban forestry community even as the $6 million sub-grant program winds down.In 2011 alone, urban forestry ARRA funds have been used to plant more than 4,000 trees and maintain 17,000 more. Equally important, these projects have contributed more than 50,000 job hours to California’s workforce, matched with another 32,000 volunteer hours that have helped groups like Hollywood Beautification Team successfully close and complete their ARRA project earlier this year.
||“The 928 trees planted through this grant, the thousand plus that were cared for and will live on, are certainly a lasting legacy for ARRA,” notes Sharyn Romano, Executive Director for Hollywood Beautification Team. “Those employed through this grant will always appreciate how ARRA changed their lives and helped their families.”Similar stories and insights offered by other ARRA grant recipients continue to reinforce the tremendous difference these funds have made throughout all parts of California in creating jobs and protecting the environment. From the Bay Area to the Central Valley to southern California, these projects are delivering on the promise of tomorrow today.Visit californiareleaf.org/programs/recovery-act-grants for more information on these individual ARRA projects.