[cg] FWD: USDA grant to Detroit Edible Urban Forest
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>Subject: FWD: USDA grant to Detroit Edible Urban Forest
>Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 11:31:41 -0400
>From: Michigan Integrated Food & Farming Systems <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: "An Edible Urban Forest"
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>MICHIGAN INTEGRATED FOOD & FARMING SYSTEMS (MIFFS) RECEIVES
>URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANT AWARD
>Washington, D.C. (June 16, 1999)--U.S. Forest service Chief Mike Dombeck
>the award of more than $825,000 of federal grants to benefit the nations
>community forest. Organizations in 14 communities will match those funds
>$978,000for research and education projects for urban forests.
>These competitive grants will make available more than $1.8 million for
>organizations, and universities to work together with the federal
>government to create
>and improve urban forests.
>"Funding for these projects will help improve our understanding of the
>community forests to people in urban settings and build cooperation among all
>involved in the care of our urban natural resources. Urban forests improve
>quality of life, they provide habitat for birds and other animals, they
>homes and reduce storm water runoff. We especially want to work with local
>organizations on communication, education, and problem solving to promote
>creating and maintaining healthier urban forests," Dombeck said.
>MIFFS will create an "Edible Urban Forest in Detroit" said Executive
>Tom Guthrie. "This community agrforestry project on vacant lots in Detroit
>will boost community self-sufficiency by providing both edible (fruit, nuts)
>and saleable (timber, firewood) products. The project will cultivate,
>and connect community leaders, ensuring long-term project sustainability.
>We expect the project to become a model from which others cities can learn
>and improve upon."
>Questions about the USDA program contact; Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134
>Questions about MIFFS plan of work contact: Tom Guthrie 517-432-0712
>MIFFS Executive Director
>P.O. Box 4903
>East Lansing, MI 48826
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