Tree City Designations Also Given
With the coming of Arbor Day, April 25, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced 15 urban forestry grants, including one to the town of Essex, to encourage tree planting and tree management best practices in communities across the state and also designated 19 communities as a Tree City USA for their commitment to tree care during the past year.
Grants were awarded to: Bridgeport (two), Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, New Britain, North Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stratford, Waterford and West Haven.”
The Town of Essex won $1,186 to support its Essex Legacy Tree Project, which would help the town plant needed replacement trees along streets in Essex.
Through these grants we are encouraging scenic beauty and healthy eco-systems in our communities,” said DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee. “These grants also support the work and recommendations of the state Vegetative Management Task Force and Governor Malloy’s Two Storm Panel by ensuring that we plant the ‘right trees’ in the ‘right places,’ that urban trees are properly pruned and managed, and that we continue to provide a foundation for coordination and communication among local tree wardens, residents, and the electric utility companies.”
Funds for the grants were made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service through the State and Private Forestry Program and as a result of the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state program designed to control carbon emissions from facilities that generate electricity.
Nineteen Connecticut communities, including Middletown for the 24th year, were designated Tree Cities USA for their exemplary tree care and maintenance program.
“The standards of Tree City and Tree Campus USA set a high bar. We are pleased that we have communities that have been able to demonstrate their strong commitment to urban trees and the improvement in the quality of life that trees bring,” said Chris Martin, DEEP’s Director of Forestry.
“UConn and each of these 19 communities should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”
The following municipalities earned Tree City USA Designation: Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, East Hartford, Fairfield, Groton, Hartford, Middletown, Monroe, New Canaan, New Haven, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Southbury, Stamford, West Haven, Wethersfield and Wilton.
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