Richmond applying for grant to plant 500 trees in disadvantaged neighborhoods

Richmond awarded nearly $500,000 grant to plant more than 500 trees in disadvantaged neighborhoods

Richmond is applying for a nearly $500,000 Cal Fire grant to plant 500 trees in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the city to apply for the two-year urban forestry grant, which is intended to reduce greenhouse gases in California.

The grant application follows a city-wide inventory in 2013 identifying 25,000 potential locations for trees, according to city documents. Since then, a partnership between the city, Richmond Trees (which posted the above photo on its Facebook page) and Groundwork Richmond led to the planting more than 300 trees throughout the community.

Those groups along with Pogo Park and The Watershed Project submitted the concept proposal for the grant to fund 500 new trees.

If the grant is accepted, 10-percent of the funds will be set aside in a trust for a period of tree maintenance.

For more information on the effort to green Richmond, read this great article by the Contra Costa Times.