2020 Hurricane Michael Urban & Community Forest Recovery Grant
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The purpose of this Hurricane Michael Urban & Community Forest Recovery Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to local governments, Native American tribal governments, volunteer
groups, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to initiate or enhance local urban and community forestry programs and to restore urban forest environments within the state of Florida that were damaged during Hurricane Michael. The state of Florida anticipates an allocation of $300,000 for fiscal year 2020.
The primary purpose of this UCF grant program is to improve urban forest management and to provide resources necessary for the replacement and expansion of community tree canopy in areas of Florida impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Trees are a vital component of urban infrastructure, but many communities lost a significant amount of their tree cover during Hurricane Michael. By replacing and enhancing their tree infrastructure, these communities can continue their recovery efforts by slowly reestablishing the tree benefits lost during the storm. These benefits include: increased property values, tourism appeal, and improved physical and mental health of residents, while reducing storm water runoff, energy consumption, and air and water pollution. By enhancing community forest management in these areas, this grant will also help to identify damaged trees that have left residual public safety hazards to residents and structures and can help the community be prepared for a future storm. This grant will also help to educate residents and community officials about proper species selection, planting and care for trees to minimize future maintenance problems and how to utilize green infrastructure to reduce storm water runoff.
No more than 60% of the funding will be allocated to tree planting practices. The maximum grant allocation is $50,000 for each category and each applicant. Practices may be implemented on county or municipally-owned lands, including parks or natural areas, as well as highway and street rights-of-way not maintained by the Federal government. Funds will be allocated to regions with priority given to fiscally distressed communities.
FDACS, Florida Forest Service (FFS) is requesting proposals for grants to:
• Plant trees in areas that experienced severe tree damage due to Hurricane Michael and where the trees will benefit Floridians through energy reduction, water or air quality improvement, storm water runoff avoidance, or increased greenspace accessibility.
• Conduct a tree inventory of public areas and assess the condition of individual trees damaged during Hurricane Michael.
• Conduct an urban tree canopy assessment to gather information about how much tree canopy is in the area and how it is distributed across the landscape and in what areas were trees most severely impacted by Hurricane Michael.
• Develop an urban forest management plan for how to recover and improve tree canopy following Hurricane Michael.
• Develop an information or education campaign to distribute storm recovery and preparedness information to residents about tree care.