For Immediate Release
January 27, 2014
Contact: Jan Ames Santerre, (207) 287-4987
Community Forestry Grants Awarded
AUGUSTA, Maine – Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s community forestry program, has awarded $106,243.00 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.
“Project Canopy increases community awareness of the benefits of our forests and trees and promotes community forest management practices,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “It also supports Maine jobs by benefiting local landscapers, nurseries, foresters and loggers.”
Commissioner Walt Whitcomb highlighted that Project Canopy grants support important segments of the Maine economy. “In addition to the impact on the forest industry, these grants support Maine’s horticulture industry. That idustry supports 7,826 jobs with a total annual economic impact of $286 million,” said Whitcomb. “Project Canopy supports and enhances economic growth and jobs in that growing segment of Maine’s economy as well.”
The cooperative partnership between the Department’s Bureau of Forestry and GrowSmart Maine awarded 6 Planning and Education grants and 11 Tree planting and Maintenance Grants.
Planning Grants were awarded to:
Androscoggin Land Trust (Canton and Jay) - $10,000
Lake Auburn Watershed Neighborhood Association (Auburn) - $7,230
City of Lewiston - $10,000
Town of Old Orchard Beach - $7,954
Vinalhaven Land Trust (Vinalhaven) - $6,850
Town of Wilton - $2,500
Planting grants were awarded to:
Alna Volunteer Fire Department – $4,478
Town of Camden - $8,000
Town of Cape Elizabeth - $7,299
Town of Houlton - $8,000
Life Enrichment Advancing People (Farmington) - $2,500
The Longfellow School (Portland) – 4,430
Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, Inc. (Freedom) - $2,822
Town of Rockport - $4,185
Town of Topsham - $8,000
Town of Veazie - $4,000
Town of Yarmouth - $7,995
The 2013 Project Canopy grants were selected from a total of 27 applications, with grant requests totaling $185,510.
Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. Planting projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance, while planning and education projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests. All grants require a 50% match from the grant recipient.
Project canopy is funded by the USDA Forest Service Community Forestry Assistance Program. The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program was established to promote natural resource management in populated areas and improve quality of life.
To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program, contact Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre at (207) 287-4987.
More information is available on the web at http://www.projectcanopy.me.
For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine.gov/acf