Burns: State funding available for local governments, nonprofits for tree planting in urban areas, near waterways

EBENSBURG, March 12  – Municipalities and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants to plant trees in urban areas and along streams and waterways to beautify communities and improve water quality, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced today.


Burns said letters of intent are now being accepted for the PA TreeVitalize program, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicating to nurturing forests throughout Pennsylvania’s urban landscapes.

“Trees play a vital role in improving overall water quality, storm water management, and they also beautify our communities for generations to come,” Burns said. “They also help keep our air clean, acting as natural pollution filters, and also reduce sedimentation and fertilizer pollution.” 


Funding for the program is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


The deadline to submit letters of intent is May 1. For more information, please visit the following link: https://treepennsylvania.org/treevitalize-grants-program.


If you are interested in applying, please contact Brittany E. Blackham, grants and development specialist, at Burns’ Portage office at (814) 736-7339 for assistance.