The City of Winchester receives grant to plant 800 new trees

amanda behan

The City of Winchester reports receiving a grant to plant over 800 new trees.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $550,000 to the city for the project.

The funds are to be used to plant and maintain trees in specified areas of the city.

The project is part of the USDA’s $1 billion Urban and Community Forestry Grant Initiative.

The project looks to combat extreme heat and climate change and provide equitable access to nature and urban neighborhoods.

The grant is a part of Mayor Smith’s October 7 proclamation designating Winchester as a Tree City USA community for the 42nd consecutive year.

The funds will help in the planting of approximately 800 new trees primarily in the northeast part of the city over the next 3 to 5 years.

The building of a tree canopy will depend largely on community input with information on how to get involved forthcoming.

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