CanopyBloomington Receives $239,399 Grant to Combat Decline in Urban Forest Canopy

Written from press release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — February 23, 2024

CanopyBloomington, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the urban forest in Bloomington, has been awarded a substantial grant of $239,399. The funding, aimed at education and tree maintenance programs, seeks to address equity issues related to tree cover and community engagement while countering a significant 54% decrease in Bloomington’s forest canopy over the past 25 years.

Ava Hartman, the Forestry and Administrative Director at CanopyBloomington, expressed gratitude for the grant, emphasizing its potential to expand the organization’s initiatives and positively impact socio-economics, the environment, and public health.

“In the past 25 years, Bloomington’s forest canopy has declined by 54%, equivalent to over 8,000 acres of trees,” Hartman stated. “With this funding, CanopyBloomington will build on its community of volunteers, enhance educational efforts, and strengthen programs such as our Youth Tree Tenders initiative.”

CanopyBloomington’s activities include tree plantings in residential areas, churches, and schools, along with offering tree planting and care classes. The organization collaborates with neighborhoods and communities to develop sustainable urban forest care and maintenance plans.

Selected as one of nine organizations and cities by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Community & Urban Forestry Department, CanopyBloomington’s grant is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Urban & Community Forestry Program through the Inflation Reduction Act. The state received a total of $1.5 million through this program.

To learn more about CanopyBloomington or contribute to its efforts in preserving Bloomington’s urban forest, individuals can contact [email protected], visit canopybloomington.org, or engage through social media.

About CanopyBloomington:
CanopyBloomington is a social impact organization in Bloomington, Indiana, with a mission to grow and sustainably manage Bloomington’s urban forest. The organization focuses on leveraging the environmental, health, economic, and social benefits of trees, with a particular emphasis on tree equity and community engagement.

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