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GI VIDEO

In this short video, discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve, and restore Coastal Georgia’s water quality and natural resources.

“Coastal Georgia’s Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management,” can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/193902038

To learn more, visit:

Ecoscapes Sustainable Land Use Program, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Forestry Commission

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The National Recreation and Park Association has just opened the call for applications for our Great Urban Parks Campaign model project grants. We seek to fund replicable green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks located in underserved communities. The overall goal is to demonstrate the social and environmental impacts of green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management, such as access to recreation and opportunities to connect with nature. Grants will be awarded up to $575,000 and projects must be completed by fall 2017.

We are sharing this with you in advance of a larger announcement later in the week and would appreciate your passing the opportunity along to eligible organizations in your network. Attached is a grant overview. More information, including the online grant application link, are available at http://www.nrpa.org/greeninfrastructure. The due date for applications is April 29.

Great Urban Parks Campaign – Grant Details

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure to positively affect environmental change in underserved low‐income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase community engagement, connection to nature, and physical activity by community residents. The intention is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned for application by a wide range of communities.

This RFA will fund green infrastructure projects in parks that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  1. Increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via parks in underserved low‐income communities and communities of color;
  2. Improved environmental quality and increased hazard mitigation by reducing flooding, improving the site’s ability to hold and retain stormwater, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing biodiversity; and
  3. A community engaged in improving environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions to stormwater management.

It is anticipated that this RFA will fund grants between $350,000 and $575,000. The maximum grant amount that will be awarded to a single applicant is $575,000. Matching funds are not required. However, it is expected that this grant will supplement substantial secured funding necessary to complete the proposed project. The grant check will be distributed in full upon execution of a grant agreement. Limited technical advisory will be provided by the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Planning Association, and the Low Impact Development Center, Inc. Grantees will be required to plan and conduct ongoing evaluation to assess and demonstrate social and environmental outcomes. Applications are due by midnight (EDT) Friday, April 29, 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected for a grant by June 30, 2016.

Requirements:

  • The principal applicant must be a park and recreation agency or affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If the applicant is not a park and recreation agency, the applicant is required to submit a letter of support for the project being proposed from the park and recreation agency director.
  • The project must take place at a park site in a low‐income underserved community.
  • Significant progress towards the program outcomes must be demonstrated and reported by October 2017. All major construction must be completed by this date.

Successful applicants will:

  • Demonstrate supportive high level community‐wide leadership, particularly from the mayor or similarly placed official(s), for the project. Letters of support from elected officials, partnering agencies and community organizations are encouraged.
  • Exemplify collaboration between the park agency and planning agency, or equivalent, to implement the proposed green infrastructure project and support community planning goals.
  • Explain how the project will advance social equity within the community.
  • Demonstrate how this grant will enable them to maximize environmental outcomes while engaging the community in their green infrastructure project.
  • Demonstrate how their approach to green infrastructure takes into account current models and data forecasts of changing climate conditions, particularly in the siting of their project in areas prone to extreme weather events such as flooding.
  • Identify and describe the underserved low‐income community that they will reach, including demographic statistics compared to the surrounding communities and region.
  • Show how they will improve environmental quality, create public access, and engage the community.
  • Outline their plan to monitor and evaluate their work to achieve one or more of the three key objectives listed above and indicate the metrics they will use to track results.
  • Identify their maintenance plan to sustain the project after the grant period ends.

The online grant application is available at http://www.nrpa.org/greeninfrastructure. For additional assistance, contact Jimmy O’Connor at joconnor@nrpa.org.

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Suwanee, GA
At the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Third Quarterly Program, we’ll spotlight stormwater projects around the state that involve trees and green infrastructure, such as the rain gardens at Macon’s Mercer University and the Town Green in Rome, Georgia. What works? What doesn’t? What are the preferred trees to plant for these types of projects? Speakers sharing their expertise will include landscape architects Brad Jones and Andrea Greco of Jacobs Engineering and Todd Fuller of HGOR. After lunch (provided), we’ll get a guided walking tour of the Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, which grew to life with strong community commitment after the devastating 2008 middle Georgia tornado that destroyed 90% of the trees and plantings of the original gardens. We’ll enjoy learning about the many distinct sections: Asian Shade Trees, The Chinese Garden, the Evergreen Oak LEGACY_Arborist_servicesGrove, the Fragrance Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Native Mesic Grove, the Native Sub-Xeric Grove, the Native Wetland Grove, the Scholars Garden, the Spring Garden, and the Summer Garden.

Date and Time: August 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206, in the Math Building

Registration: $40, member; $50 non-member at http://www.gufc.org

3 ISA Certified Arborist CEUS and 3 SAF Forestry CFEs, category 1 will be available. A professional development certificate of attendance will be available to landscape architects and others.

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This year, GUFC’s quarterly programs are focusing on tree canopy, stormwater management, and water quality. We’ll start with our first quarterly program, February 18 (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at the ECO River Education Center, 393 Riverside Parkway in Rome. Speakers include Berry College’s Dr. Martin Cipollini, who is also the director of their Longleaf Pine Project; City of Rome Environmental Manager Brian Roberts; Duncan Hughes, Watershed Manager of the Soque River Watershed Association; and Justin Ellis, Executive Director of the Soque River Watershed Association. Dr. Cipollini will discuss how restoration of native upland forests have positive downstream effects in addition to the intrinsic value of the restoration, using longleaf pine and chestnut trees as examples. We’ll also learn about the basics of trees and stormwater management, learn about Rome’s Burwell Creek Restoration Project and hear about the success of the Soque River Watershed Restoration Project.

After lunch (provided), we’ll have the State Arbor Day Ceremony with State Forester Robert Farris and readings of the State Arbor Day Proclamation and the City of Rome’s Proclamation. We’ll also present certificates of recognition to Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA representatives that are in attendance. Everyone is invited to stay for the Tree Board Networking reception and tree planting that rounds out the day. We hope to see you there!

4 ISA arborist CEUs will be available. Lunch is provided.

Registration: $40 GUFC members and representatives from Tree City and Tree Campus USAs in Georgia, $50 non-members. $10 discount per ticket for groups of three or more Georgia Tree City and Tree Campus USA reps/tree boards.

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The City of Alpharetta is taking applications for the Arborist/Stormwater division of their Engineering/Public Works department.

The job’s summary is listed as: Under general direction of a Senior Engineer, performs a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Engineering Department’s services, activities, and functions; performs residential tree inspections and inspection of stormwater management facilities; provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public.

The ideal candidate should know about both stormwater and aboriculture but a bit more knowledgeable of Stormwater/Detention and Retention Ponds.

For more information about this ooportunity, email David Shostak at dshostak@alpharetta.ga.us

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