NASF, USDA Forest Service announce 2021 Urban Forest Resilience grantees

The National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service are pleased to announce the 2021 Urban Forest Resilience grant recipients.

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) are pleased to announce the selection of funded projects for the 2021 State Urban Forest Resilience (SUFR) Grant Initiative.

In their efforts to address the broad impacts of forest pest outbreaks in communities across the United States, state and territorial forestry agencies submitted funding proposals to the Forest Service for projects aimed at improving urban forest health readiness, response, and restoration. Eighteen project proposals that clearly demonstrated a need for funding assistance and included outcomes that aligned with FY 2021 Congressional Directive HR 116‐448 “Urban Reforestation” priorities were chosen to receive support.

“Healthy, actively managed urban forests build community resilience to climate change, improve access to community programming, address issues of inequity, and bolster public health initiatives,” said Keith Wood, staff for the NASF Urban and Community Forestry Committee. “This year’s SUFR projects will improve urban forest health and enhance the many benefits of community forests across 19 states and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.”

“It was of particular importance to the Forest Service that the 2021 SUFR grants went to help cities and towns most affected by the emerald ash borer (EAB). For this reason, 80% of the funding was awarded to address ash canopy loss,” said Beattra Wilson, the Forest Service’s national lead on Urban and Community Forestry. “Another $500,000 was made available to parts of the country not yet impacted by EAB, but still in need of urban reforestation, canopy restoration, and ongoing tree care.”

funded PROJECTS include:
Emerald Ash Borer Urban Forestry Reforestation Projects

These grantee projects address the critical need to restore and improve urban forests due to catastrophic losses from EAB through tree planting in urban communities where trees are critical to human health and mitigating the effects of climate change. They are:

State Urban Forest Resilience Projects

These grantee projects aim to make urban forests more resilient to invasive pathogens, pests, and environmental stressors through enhanced management. They are:

Media Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook at wforman-cook@stateforesters.org