Per USDA press release:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of $900,000 in Federal Urban and Community Forestry cost-share grants to ten organizations funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. The funds will be matched by recipient organizations.
“Today, over eighty percent of the population lives in urban settings and our challenge is to reconnect urban and suburban Americans with forests where they live and focus on the many environmental, economic and social benefits that forests provide,” said Vilsack. “These grants demonstrate how the USDA continually serves all Americans every day, every way.”
Among the recipients is the Oregon Department of Forestry, which received a $49,261 grant for “Tree Board University: Online Training for Cultivating Urban Forestry Support.” We’ll try to find out more.