Community forestry grants awarded
Augusta — Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s community forestry program, has awarded $106,243 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.
“Project Canopy increases community awareness of the benefits of our forests and trees and promotes community forest management practices,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage in a news release. “It also supports Maine jobs by benefiting local landscapers, nurseries, foresters and loggers.”
Commissioner Walt Whitcomb highlighted that Project Canopy grants support important segments of the Maine economy. “In addition to the impact on the forest industry, these grants support Maine’s horticulture industry. That industry supports 7,826 jobs with a total annual economic impact of $286 million,” said Whitcomb. “Project Canopy supports and enhances economic growth and jobs in that growing segment of Maine’s economy as well.”
The cooperative partnership between the Department’s Bureau of Forestry and GrowSmart Maine awarded six Planning and Education grants and 11 Tree planting and Maintenance Grants.
Planning Grants were awarded to: Androscoggin Land Trust (Canton and Jay) - $10,000; Lake Auburn Watershed Neighborhood Association (Auburn) - $7,230; City of Lewiston - $10,000; Town of Old Orchard Beach - $7,954; Vinalhaven Land Trust (Vinalhaven) - $6,850; Town of Wilton - $2,500
Planting grants were awarded to: Alna Volunteer Fire Department – $4,478; Town of Camden - $8,000; Town of Cape Elizabeth - $7,299; Town of Houlton - $8,000; Life Enrichment Advancing People (Farmington) - $2,500; The Longfellow School (Portland) – 4,430; Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, Inc. (Freedom) - $2,822; Town of Rockport - $4,185; Town of Topsham - $8,000; Town of Veazie - $4,000; Town of Yarmouth - $7,995
The 2013 Project Canopy grants were selected from a total of 27 applications, with grant requests totaling $185,510.
To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program, contact Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre at 287-4987 or go to projectcanopy.me.