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2013 Community Forestry Grants Awarded PDF Print E-mail

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

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Project Canopy is about people. It educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better. It connects people who have a particular expertise to people who need that expertise. It helps build bridges with town and city governments, and it knows how to communicate in a local, political environment. And just as important, Project Canopy helps people talk about success stories, so that they can find the motivation --- and inspiration --- that is crucial for developing creative, long-term community forestry programs. Listen to a quick overview of the Project Canopy program.

The Maine Forest Service has an incredible reservoir of knowledge and expertise. The challenge for us is to get that knowledge to the people who can use it. Any long-term community forestry program needs commitment and understanding from many different corners. Project Canopy's role is to get people in different corners talking to each other, so that awareness about trees can grow by leaps and bounds. We do that by using down-to-earth strategies, and deploying technical experts into the field to lend hands-on assistance.

For example:

  • Helping recruit and organize volunteers;
  • Providing model community tree ordinances;
  • Assisting in fund-raising efforts;
  • Training tree stewards;
  • Providing street tree inventory software;
  • Helping communities appoint/elect a community tree warden;
  • Linking communities to other Maine communities with successful tree programs;
  • Providing lists of local foresters and arborists;
  • Building bridges to national community tree organizations;
  • Assisting in development of a long-term community tree plan;

And much more.

Project Canopy is a cooperative effort of the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine.


About Project Canopy

A collaboration between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, Project Canopy is Maine's urban and community forestry program.   Our Mission: Create and maintain healthy urban and community forests for or economic, ecological, and quality of life benefits for Mainers.

Project Canopy works to keep Maine's communities green and liveable by working with municipalities and non-profits to help manage public tree resources. Through our grant program and technical assistance, we promote planting and maintaining of trees in Maine communities. Whether we support planting street trees downtown or a management plan development for town forests, Project Canopy works to help Maine communities stay leafy and green.



Contact Us

Jan Ames Santerre
(207) 287-4987

Kim Ballard
GrowSmart Maine
(207) 699-4330