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Needham to receive Urban Forestry Challenge Grant on Wednesday morning

Posted by Evan Allen  November 14, 2012 11:56 AM

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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will award the town of Needham with the Urban Forestry Challenge Grant on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The grant is a matching grant that the DCR offers to municipalities and non-profits for the purpose of building local capacity for urban and community forestry at the local and regional level, according to the DCR website.

A spokeswoman for the DCR declined to reveal the grant amount.

The grant can be used to fund citizen advocacy and action organizations; training forestry staff; attaining a Tree City USA Award; or development of an urban forestry management plan, among other things.

The grants are given twice a year, according to SJ Port, DCR spokeswoman. This round of 2012 grants saw five awards totaling $109,434. They were funded with $98,500 in federal funding from the USDA Forest Service and $10,934 from the Mass ReLeaf Trust Fund.

The grants have been given out since the 1980's, with this mission:

"The Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program assists communities and nonprofit groups in protecting, growing, and managing community trees and forest ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of improving the environment and enhancing livability of all of Massachusetts' communities."

The Needham award will be given in Town Hall.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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