About the U&CF Grant Program
Federal support to the NC Urban and Community Forestry Program is authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-313) as amended. The program operates as a cooperative partnership between the NC Forest Service and USDA Forest Service, Southern Region.
The U&CF Grant Program funds projects which lead to a more effective and efficient management of urban and community forests, and improve public understanding of the benefits of preserving existing tree cover in communities.
As part of the 2010 North Carolina Forest Action Plan the following goal and objectives were established as the focus of the NC Urban and Community Forestry Program. Grant projects should be developed to follow one or more of these four objectives.
Enhance the benefits and sustainable management of urban forests.
- Reduce the impacts of land-use change and urbanization on forested landscapes in and around urban areas.
- Facilitate strategic planting and maintenance of community trees for public benefits.
- Assist communities with establishing and managing their urban forests.
- Encourage policies and guidelines that sustain urban and community forests for the public’s benefit.