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Deadline: July 15, 2016

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department: Community Forestry Assistance

The Community Forestry Assistance program will support community forests in New Mexico. Projects must emphasize tangible development or improvement of community forestry programs, arborist and community forestry education and professional development of local staff and citizen organizations, or maintenance and establishment of forest cover and trees in communities. Funding will support the categories specified below to address management of community forests to sustain community forest health in New Mexico.

Program development and improvement: project examples include the development of citizen-based volunteer efforts and programs (tree inventory training, planting training, maintenance, etc.); community forestry board or tree board development; tree ordinance development or revision; efforts toward becoming a Tree City USA; development or implementation of community forest, street tree, or tree risk management plans; implementing tree improvement and replacement programs; and maintaining and improving community tree cover; and, enhancement of existing programs and services provided.

Inventory and assessment: project examples include tree inventory and assessment; canopy cover mapping; assessing green infrastructure development strategies; community forest benefit assessments; and community forest resource analysis.
Certification and professional development: project examples include the International Society of Arboriculture certification scholarships for community foresters (study materials, exam costs, first year membership); professional development through attendance at the Municipal Forestry Institute, Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry Conference, or other arborist or community forestry conferences; and tree care worker training on planting, care, and maintenance of trees.

Training and environmental education: project examples include arborist or community forestry training for staff and volunteers; tree planting and maintenance training for community volunteers invested in community forestry efforts; strategies for improving the understanding of the benefits of community forests; establishing demonstration projects to improve public understanding of benefits and importance of community forests; and implementing methods to encourage owners of private and commercial properties to maintain trees on their property.

Amount: Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. Applicants must meet a 1:1 match requirement.

Eligibility: Non-federal governmental entities, including public colleges, universities, tribes, and pueblos (as long as other federal funds are not involved) may apply.

Link: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/RFPs/RFPMain.html

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