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Funding allows communities to plant thousands of trees statewide

virginia department of forestryMore than 3,400 trees will be planted across Virginia thanks to the teamwork of the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, U.S. Forest Service Chesapeake Watershed Forestry program, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Altria Co.

VDOF awarded $99,000 statewide through the Virginia Trees for Clean Water (VTCW) program and partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, who contributed $25,000 for projects in the Richmond metro area. Grant recipients will match the grant funds with an estimated $212,663 in the form of volunteer hours, cash or in kind services.

VTCW grants focus on developing vibrant, healthy urban forests and improving water quality by planting trees where they are needed most. Projects include tree planting activities of all types: riparian buffer tree planting, community and neighborhood tree plantings etc.

“The objective is to use on-the-ground accomplishments to obtain clean water in Virginia,” explained VDOF Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator Barbara White. “Successful projects do this by restoring and improving Virginia’s waters for current and future generations, demonstrating long-term water quality improvement through long-lived tree cover and public involvement and raising public awareness about the connection between planting trees and healthy streams and rivers.”

Nineteen organizations have been awarded funding including four projects in the Richmond-metro area thanks to this joint effort. Many of these projects involve a large number of community groups and volunteer organizations that will assist with planting and long-term care of the trees.



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Grant recipients and projects include:

Indigenous Environmental and Period Landscaping for the GBB & WHF Museum Center Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation $         10,000.00
Tree Demonstration Garden VCE Newport News
Master Gardeners
$           3,625.00
Median Trees City of Portsmouth $           3,300.00
Lexington N. Entrance, Cemetery & Wood Creek Trees City of Lexington
Dept. of Public Works
$           1,000.00
Purcell Park spring tree planting & Heritage Forest fall tree planting City of Harrisonburg $           3,925.00
Fredericksburg Community Tree Planting – 2018 Tree Fredericksburg $           8,000.00
Rappahannock River Headwaters
Stream Initiative
Friends of the Rappahannock $           7,000.00
Restoring the Riparian Buffer in the Last Stand of Old Growth Forest in Purcellville Town of Purcellville $           3,436.00
Gateway Canopy Restoration Project City of Winchester $           3,000.00
Broad Street Median and Park
Tree Planting Project
Goochland County $           8,000.00
Hilton Ravine Newport News
Green Foundation
$           1,508.00
Trees for Lynchburg Residents James River Association $           7,260.00
Downtown Tree Enhancement Project City of Buena Vista $           1,670.00
The Spring Native Landscaping Demonstration Covenant Woods $           7,650.00
Recreating a Succession Forest in
Two Post-Industrial Sites
Friends of James River Park
Invasive Species Task Force
$           9,400.00
Roanoke Valley Arbor Day
Mini-Grant Program
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission $           4,425.00
Four Mile Run Restoration Project Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation $           9,657.00
Branch’s Tree Planting Branch’s Baptist Church $           4,442.00
Mixed Tree Planting at the Border Next to the Limited Industrial (CM) Zone Ayrhill Square HOA $           1,750.00

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