Urban Forestry Project Awards Announced



Contact:  Chuck Mills (916) 497-0035





Sacramento, CA, July 24, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that community groups across the state will receive $34,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2013 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $1,600 to $5,000.


The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely underserved communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will engage community members, students and homeowners on how trees are critical to supporting clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. “Strong, sustainable urban and community forests directly contribute to the economic, social and environmental health of California,” said Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf Grants Program Manager.  “Through their funded proposals, these grant recipients reflect a creativity and commitment to making our state a better place to live for this generation and generations to come.”


The California ReLeaf Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program is funded through a contract with Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to increase environmental education among Californians on many of today’s most pressing social issues including climate change and environmental justice.


“ReLeaf is proud to be an integral part of building community through tree care, tree planting and environmental education projects in California,” said Executive Director Joe Liszewski.  “Since 1992, we have invested more than $9 million in urban forestry efforts geared towards greening our Golden State.”


California ReLeaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests.  Working statewide, we promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.


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