NASF, USDA Forest Service announce 2022 State Urban Forest Resilience grantees

The National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service are pleased to announce the 2022 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 2022 State Urban Forest Resilience (SUFR) Grant Initiative.

This year, eleven urban forest resiliency projects across the United States will receive a total of $4 million—$2 million more than the previous funding cycle—to address the catastrophic losses urban forests have sustained due to the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB). Through enhanced tree diversity, tree planting, and the protection of existing trees, these projects will also benefit human health outcomes and mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

“EAB has proven to be one of the most devastating pests to urban forests in the U.S. Today, it has reached 35 states and the District of Columbia,” said Keith Wood, staff for the NASF Urban and Community Forestry Committee. “This year’s SUFR projects will replace and renew urban tree canopy lost to EAB and enhance the many benefits of urban forests across eleven states severely impacted by this pest.”

“It was important for the Forest Service to award the 2022 SUFR grants to cities and towns most affected by EAB,” said Beattra Wilson, the Forest Service’s national lead on urban and community forestry. “EAB has already killed more than 100 million ash trees nationwide; and while we don’t expect to stop the spread of EAB, we can work together across federal, state, and local boundaries to equitably build more resilient community forests capable of withstanding EAB attacks. These 2022 funds will help state forestry agencies assist underserved communities that would not otherwise have the resources to achieve urban reforestation, canopy restoration, and long-term tree care.”

The 2022 projects chosen for award clearly demonstrated a need for funding assistance and included outcomes that aligned with the fiscal year 2022 Congressional Directive, the USDA National Ten-Year Action Plan, and the 59 state Forest Action Plans. Each grant ranged in size from $100,000 to $500,000. Descriptions of each of the eleven selected projects follow:

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