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12 Tennessee Communities Receive Grants for Urban and Community Forest Ecosystems

12 Tennessee Communities Receive Grants for Urban and Community Forest Ecosystems

Thanks to grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act Grant Program, twelve Tennessee communities will have the opportunity to invest in their green spaces. These grants will support projects designed to promote the creation, protection, and enhancement of urban and community forest ecosystems.

Benefits of Urban and Community Forests

State Forester Heather Slayton emphasizes the crucial role trees play in our lives, providing environmental, health, and economic benefits that are vital for all communities. This funding ensures that these benefits are available to all areas of Tennessee.

Grant Recipients

The organizations awarded funding through this program include:

  • Chattanooga Breakfast Rotary Club
  • City of Clinton
  • City of Crossville
  • City of Knoxville
  • City of Memphis
  • City of Murfreesboro
  • City of Rocky Top
  • General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Cookeville Food Forest
  • Nashville Tree Conservation Corps
  • Shelby County Government
  • The Works, Inc. – Memphis
  • University of Tennessee Extension – Sumner County

Project Details

The awarded projects include various initiatives to enhance urban and community forestry, such as:

  • Tree care education and training
  • Tree planting
  • Creation of a food forest

Support from TDF

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF) will provide accountability, technical support, and advice throughout the execution of these projects.

Future Funding Opportunities

A new round of funding for urban and community forestry projects will be made available next calendar year.

TDF’s Urban and Community Forestry Program

TDF’s Urban and Community Forestry Program works to ensure all Tennesseans experience the benefits of urban and community forests. It does this by enabling and supporting the growth, management, and sustainability of healthy forests in all Tennessee communities through outreach, education, public engagement, technical assistance, workforce development, and financial support.

Learn more about TDF’s Urban and Community Forestry Program online.