TREE Fund announced its first round of grant awards for 2017. With these eight awards, totaling $137,000, TREE Fund’s total disbursement of funding since its founding in 2002 has reached over $3.2 million.
2017 TREE Fund Hyland R. Johns Research Grant recipients:
Richard Hauer, PhD (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point) will create an easy to use tool to evaluate and track progress within urban forestry programs with the “Sustainable Urban Forestry Planning Models and Decision Making Dashboard” project. This will help communities identify programmatic areas to improve and lead to a sustainable urban forest program and tree population.
Kathleen Wolf, PhD (University of Washington) will explore the question: what is the economic value of having trees in cities and towns? While models have quantified the environmental services of trees, such as air and water quality, little has been done to value human health outcomes such as disease prevention, improved mental health, and better community cohesion. The “Urban Forests for Human Health: A Focused Economic Valuation” project results will help professionals who work in arboriculture, urban forestry, green infrastructure, landscape design and related fields justify the costs of tree planning, planting and management.
2017 TREE Fund Safe Arborist Techniques Research Grant recipient:
Brian Kane, PhD (University of Massachusetts Amherst) is collecting arboriculture safety standards from around the world in the project entitled “Arboricultural Safety Around the World.” He will analyze the standards to look for common safety concerns and ways to address them; this project will serve as a starting point for future investigations into safe working practices in arboriculture.
2017 TREE Fund Arboriculture Education Grant recipients:
Friends of the Urban Forest (San Francisco, CA) – “Green Teens – Vocational Skills Job Training” provides practical job skills training to low-income, high school aged youth, with a program focus including tree planting, sidewalk garden installation, care/maintenance, and work readiness.
TreeFolks (Del Valle, TX) – The “Youth Tree Climbing Initiative” will offer tree climbing education to underserved youth in Austin.
2017 Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grant recipient:
Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH) – “Youth Tree Care Academy” is a weeklong camp open to secondary students age 16+. The program will feature hands-on learning and demonstrations from arboriculture professionals. Participants will also receive information about the college’s new Arboriculture Technology Certificate established to attract new workers to the tree industry.
2017 Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship winners:
Laura Mantin (Humber College) and Conor Smith (University of New Hampshire)