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In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.
2018 Arbor Day Community Grant Notice
The NYS Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce available funding for small communities to have a 2018 Arbor Day tree planting event and to establish a community based forestry program. This funding has been provided by the USDA Forest Service and the NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program (and is not associated with the Arbor Day Foundation nor is part of the NYSDEC EPF community grants program).
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities or non-profits (that work in partnership with communities) to celebrate Arbor Day 2018 by both planting a tree (or trees) … and forming a volunteer tree committee or tree board within the municipality. To be considered for a grant, please complete and return the application and requested documentation (PDF format) (Word format here).
Besides planting trees, the intent of this grant is to help promote and establish a meaningful community forestry program. Communities that are currently a Tree City USA or those that have any component of the Tree City USA program, such as a tree ordinance, tree board, tree inventory or management plan are ineligible. Previous NYS Arbor Day Community Grant recipients are also ineligible.
The Utica Police Department and the Central New York Conservancy have formed a partnership to ensure safety in Utica’s Olmsted parks.
“We are collaborating with the Central New York Conservancy to recruit and train volunteers who will help the Utica Police Department keep our parks safe,” said Edward Noonan, deputy chief of police.
“The Conservancy has completed a number of major projects to beautify and enhance Utica’s three main parks–FT Proctor, TR Proctor, and Roscoe Conkling Parks–as well as the Memorial Parkway,” continued Noonan. “We will work together so the community can use and enjoy the City’s wonderful park system.”
Please register for Time for Action: The President’s Budget for Urban & Community Forestry on Jul 12, 2017 12:00 PM CDT at:
It is no secret that these are tough times for Urban & Community Forestry at the Federal budget level. Join us for this webinar to learn what is really going on, and more importantly, how you can help get the message across that trees are important to communities. This one hour webinar will give you the tools you need to help tell the story of why urban and community forestry is critical to towns and cities across the United States.
Host: Dana Karcher, Alliance for Community Trees/Arbor Day Foundation
Speakers and Facilitators: Becky Turner, American Forests and Danielle Watson, Society of American Foresters
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Program Manager, Alliance for Community Trees
“We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”