DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Announces Urban Forestry Grants -
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, is accepting applications for the 2006-2007 Kaulunani Urban Forestry cost-share grant program.
The next two Kaulunani application deadlines are November 15, 2006 and February 15, 2007. Generally, cost-share grants between $500 and $10,000 are awarded and occasionally projects of more than $10,000 are awarded.
Grants are available to nonfederal organizations for projects that meet a demonstrated urban forestry need, such as urban forestry management plans, urban forestry technical training, organizational development for urban forestry organizations, urban forestry information and educational projects, Arbor Day activities, and demonstration tree planting projects.
“Recently two of the Kaulunani-funded projects were recipients of a national and a regional award. We are delighted that these projects were recognized, and we congratulate the organizations and volunteers involved,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“These projects, as well as the others that received assistance from Kaulunani, show that communities can improve their quality of life by actively participating in urban forestry projects. They add to a better understanding of the role trees play in cities and neighborhoods, and foster respect for Hawaii’s natural heritage,” Young said.
Richard Stevens, project coordinator for the West Hawai‘i Veterans’ Cemetery development and expansion association, in Kona, will receive a 2006 Take Pride in America National Award given by the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding volunteer efforts on public land. The cemetery reforestation project received funding from Kaulunani.
Ho‘oulu Lahui and Kua o Ka La Public Charter School received a 2006 Gold Leaf Outstanding Arbor Day Award from the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture for their Arbor Day activities in Puna and Hilo.
Students distributed to the public more than 500 trees that they had propagated, along with educational materials about the practical and cultural uses of the trees.
Kaulunani has funded Arbor Day activities with the organization for several years.
Grant applications and further information about the program are available by calling Jackie Ralya at 672-5167 or Teresa Trueman-Madriaga at 672-3383 on Oahu.
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