15 urban forestry grants are being awarded by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, ahead of Arbor Day next week. Ridgefield is among the towns being presented with funding to enhance knowledge and urban ecology. DEEP Director of Forestry Chris Martin says the funding comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Ridgefield will be getting $3,250 to develop a booklet that will be distributed to residents and businesses about what trees to plant where. It's part of a larger effort by the state and the utility companies. Martin says it will promote "Right Tree, Right Place", an initiative to inform people about what trees won't interfere with utility lines.
DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee says the grants support the work and recommendations of the state Vegetative Management Task Force and Governor Malloy’s Two Storm Panel.