City of Davis Selected for $500K Urban & Community Forest Grant
The City of Davis announced today that it was selected as a grant recipient for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)’s Urban & Community Forestry Proposition 68 Grant. The grant amount is $514,116. The grant will enable the City to plant 1,000 trees and to develop a 40-year Urban Forest Management Plan. The grant funds will help the city to achieve goals set out in its Climate Action Plan and in its 2019 climate emergency resolution. The trees will be planted in approximately 650 residential locations and 350 public locations along bike paths, green belts and medians.
The City will act as project lead and will partner with TreeDavis on tree planting and grant administration.
“The City staff is thrilled to receive this grant to renew our aging tree canopy and to provide Davis with numerous environmental benefits,” said City Manager Mike Webb. “Development of an Urban Forest Master Plan is essential for proper management of our trees and will aid strategic planning and program budgeting.”
“One of our many council goals is to pursue environmental sustainability,” said Mayor Brett Lee. “Planting 1,000 trees in town will help us sustain shade coverage and reduce greenhouse gases.”
TreeDavis will catalog, track and map every planted tree and will determine the carbon stored, energy saving and tree benefits. Over the last 26 years, TreeDavis has mobilized 3,000 volunteers to plant 9,000 trees in Davis.
The grant will fund the development of a new, 40-year, comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP). The City will work with community stakeholders to create the plan and its proposed goals. The City’s ultimate goal is to achieve a 40-percent canopy cover. Grant funds will also be used to educate the community about tree care and environmental health benefits. The grant will also fund a robust monitoring protocol for the newly planted trees.
The project timeline calls for outreach in late summer with tree planting to follow in the fall seasons of 2019-2021. The City will release an RFP in the fall for an arborist consultant to author the UFMP with a final draft slated for winter 2021.
The grant will provide job training for approximately 12 individuals from partner agencies Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps and the City’s Pathways to Employment program. The City also plans to continue its partnership with UC Davis with internships for the university’s Environmental Sciences program.
The tree planting will bring many benefits to the Davis environment. Trees filter particulate pollution decreasing ozone gases, provide shade to reduce surface temperatures, filter storm water, provide energy savings through shade and divert biomass (tree product like mulch) from landfills. Trees also add to home values. According the U.S. Forest Service, one tree adds about $7,000 on average nationally to a home sale.
For more information, please contact Barbara Archer in the City Manager’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-5884.