Apply to Build an Urban Forest

by Ryan Watson on

The New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for community groups to plant urban forests! As part of the Urban Forestry Grant program, communities can apply for tree planting, maintenance grants or invasive pest studies in cases involving an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned Beetle. The grants, which range from $2,500 to $50,000 have a 50/50 match requirement, are available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Further information and how to apply are available at the DEC website

And don’t forget: the 61 Franklin Street Garden’s is giving away 100 free trees this Sunday from 12-2pm. You can long as they are planted in the ground within the 5 boroughs of New York City. You can register for your free tree to ensure that there’s one there with your name on it!

In addition to the tree inventories, management plans and $1,000 Quick Start Arbor Day grants – which have no match requirement – will be available to help communities generate support for new municipal tree programs. The grants are available through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and will be managed and allocated by DEC.

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.