California Policy Local Government NewsFlash

Urban Forestry Grants for Local Communities

On behalf of CAL FIRE, the Strategic Growth Council is pleased to announce the offering of Urban and Community Forestry Grants for the 2010/2011 fiscal year.  These grants will be for activities that expand urban forests and improve or enhance urban forest management and knowledge.  Please see the two websites listed below for information about the grant programs for tree planting (Gren Trees For The Golden State), tree inventories, urban forest management plans, urban forest education, and innovative urban forestry projects (Leading Edge).  A new program, Leafing Out, can fund any of these previous activities, but in smaller grant amounts.  It is designed for communities and organizations that have less capacity or experience carrying out urban forestry projects.

CAL FIRE’s Urban Forestry Program has endeavored to make these grant offerings user-friendly by having a central procedural guide common to all of the offerings, with requests for proposals unique to each offering.  The concept application is a PDF form, four pages in length, and is submitted via email.  CAL FIRE Regional Urban Foresters are available throughout the state to answer questions and provide technical assistance.

Funding of these grants is dependent upon the state budget process and upon the state’s ability to sell bonds.

All grant materials and a list of available Regional Urban Foresters by geographic area can be found at the following websites:

For more information please contact:

John Melvin, State Urban Forester

CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection

(916) 657-2289 Office

(916) 508-2767 Cell

(916) 653-8957 Fax

Mailing: P.O. Box 944246

Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Shipping: 1700 N. Market St., Ste. 105

Sacramento, CA  95834 ,

RPF #2817, CUF #101, ICA #WE-5889A

Trees make our communities cleaner, cooler, and more comfortable.  They leave a legacy for future generations.”

By Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele – Founder/Owner of Policy in Motion – is a policy consultant/advisor and communications strategist, specializing in progressive and non-partisan politics. She helps candidates and clients build campaigns, coalitions, and communication strategies. Lauren has 15 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; foundations; universities; and political/issue campaigns, including a Presidential Campaign and a California State Bond. Ms. Michele has over a decade of experience working virtually both in team and individual environments, with Policy in Motion offices in California. Policy in Motion’s mission is to promote the environmental, economic, and social well being of communities —fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

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