Increasingly, urban and community forests are facing threats such as insects, diseases, extreme weather events and other hazards. Additionally, the lack of investment in urban forest disaster mitigation is contributing to community disasters such as urban flooding and human heat deaths in our cities – disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations.
New systemic solutions are needed to create and enhance green infrastructure in the right place and at the right scale and encompass pressing social, economic, ecological, and historic factors holistically.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Forest Service is making $1 million available via its 2021 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program.
Eligible entities include city or township governments, county governments, and others. Applications are due April 16th.
The USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program restores, sustains, and manages more than 140 million acres of urban and community forest lands for the benefit of communities in the United States.
More information can be found online.