Lofgren Announces Federal Grant for Local Urban Forestry Efforts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), announced an AmeriCorps grant awarded to San Jose-based nonprofit Our City Forest, an urban forestry and environmental stewardship organization.
The $549,236 grant, awarded as part of the FY2018 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition, will help support the 40 AmeriCorps members that are currently serving with Our City Forest. AmeriCorps members serving with the organization receive training to become urban forestry and outreach specialists, engage with the community in cultivating trees and other plants, and promote water conservation efforts to combat drought.
“I’m so glad to see federal funds awarded to support Our City Forest,” said Lofgren “Their work for more than 20 years has encouraged environmental stewardship throughout the region, beautified San Jose, and engaged many community members in the appreciation of urban forestry. This grant is well deserved, and I applaud Our City Forest for their decades of good work in Silicon Valley.”
“For 10 years, this AmeriCorps grant has made it possible for San José to have a model urban forestry program for its neighborhoods and parks, while saving considerable municipal staff time and money,” said Our City Forest CEO and President Rhonda Berry. “The hundreds of local environmental jobs created, along with technical training, has been the icing on the cake.”
Our City Forest’s mission is to cultivate a greener, healthier urban environment and a renewed sense of community by involving Silicon Valley residents in the understanding, planting and care of the urban forest. The organization provides site assessments, training, trees, stakes, planting assistance and post-planting inspections for the general public. Our City Forest also provides volunteering and educational opportunities to the general public.
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