Each Valentine’s Day, hearts adorn every surface in my hometown of Montpelier, Vermont. A mysterious someone works in the night to plaster the town’s windows, walls, bridges, and steeples with red splashes of a photocopied heart-art. By morning, smiles adorn the day’s commuters, many of whom reach school or work by foot in this tiny town of 8,000 people.
In partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, VT UCF is pleased to announce Community Tree Planting Grants. The goal of this initiative is to support the planting of 2,000 trees statewide.
Join the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program for the 2024 Winter Webinar series. These webinars will occur three consecutive weeks in February (days and times will vary) and will cover the broad topics of: municipal tree inventory data, Biochar, and tree pests and diseases.
We are pleased to announce just shy of $500,000 available in 2024 through three grant categories that will support a broad range of activities to support and grow urban and community forests statewide. Applications are due January 5th, 2024.
Municipal highway crews, public works staff, and parks crews are invited to learn the skills needed to guide risk trees safely to the ground using ropes and throw lines. Arborist Adam McCullough leads three day-long and hands-on trainings in Montpelier, Rutland, and St. Albans Town to share this effective and low-cost method to increase safety for all staff actively working with trees.
Announcing an employment opportunity: The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program will hire one skilled urban forester dedicated to supporting tree planting, care, and stewardship in communities across the state.
On June 1, 2023, the LGBTQIA2S+ Allies of Windsor in partnership with the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, dedicated a flowering cherry planted at the Old Constitution House State Historic Site as a “LGBTQ+ Pride Tree”
The USDA Forest Service released a Notice of Funding Opportunity earlier this month for $1 billion available in Urban and Community Forestry Grants nationwide. Proposals are due June 1st for 5-year projects and local governments and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.