TRENTON, NJ - Summit has received a $25,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, one of 32 Garden State municipalities awarded a sum of $1,564,000 issued by the New Jersey Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program through Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP) grants.
 
The grants are designed to promote stewardship of community forests and trees through the implementation of Community Forestry Management Plans.

The City of Summit Department of Community Services applied for the grant, and will use the funds for the maintenance and removal of ash trees that may be impacted by the Ash Borer or Ash Yellows disease. This is the second CSIP grant the City has been approved for and received since the program's inception.
 

“It is important that our community forests are safe and resilient in the wake of natural disasters and insect infestations such as the Emerald Ash Borer,” said State Forester John Sacco, assistant director of the State Forest Service. “Active stewardship by our local governments, community volunteers and partners through these urban and community forestry projects is one of the most critical ways to ensure residents across New Jersey will see healthier and more sustainable forests.”

Grants ranged from $10,000 to $300,000 for work on projects from community tree inventory and ash surveys to risk reduction and tree planting. The 2016 CSIP grants are funded by the “Treasure Our Trees” state license plate fund, the Green Acres program, and the No Net Loss Reforestation program. 

In addition to Summit, hazard mitigation grants were awarded to Berkeley Heights, Bernards, Moorestown, Nutley, Pennington and Washington (Burlington County). Resiliency planning grants were awarded to Franklin Township (Somerset County), Interlaken, Montclair, Totowa and South Brunswick.

Reforestation / tree planting grant recipients included Bergenfield, Bloomfield, Bound Brook, Caldwell, Egg Harbor City, Freehold Borough, Garfield, Ho-Ho-Kus,Jersey City, Lawrence (Mercer County), Leonia, Manasquan, Morristown, Plainfield, Ridgefield, Rutherford, Secaucus, Washington (Warren County), Woodcliff Lake,and West Windsor Township.

“A comprehensive community forestry program provides environmental, social and economic benefits,” said Carrie Sargeant, coordinator of the state’s Urban and Community Forestry program. “Communities with approved community forestry management plans are not only providing their residents with benefits now, but creating communities that are providing these benefits for generations to come.”

 For more information, visit communityforestry.nj.gov and, for more information on Community Stewardship Incentive Program grants, visit: nj.gov.