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Chattanooga awarded $6 million to focus on enhanced beautification efforts

The USDA has awarded the City of Chattanooga with funds to focus on enhanced beautification efforts and urban forestry in designated communities.

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Research has been conducted to identify the key project areas.

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The City of Chattanooga has been awarded a $6 million grant from the USDA for enhancing green spaces + urban forestry zones in designated communities.

The grant will fund the development + maintenance of trees, parks, and greenery over a five-year period — with no additional costs required from the city.

Created by the USDA’s Urban & Community Forestry Program, the grant focuses on encouraging cities “to promote increased equitable access to urban tree canopies.”

What the grant will fund

  • An expanded tree inventory + urban forest management planning
  • Tree maintenance
  • Enhancement of riparian zones
  • Remote sensing imagery acquisition + processing
  • Graduate student funding for environmental analysis
  • New urban forestry staff, specialized teams + skilled crews

“Chattanooga’s outdoors and natural beauty are among our city’s strongest assets, and this is a tremendous boon to the investments that the city and our local partners are already making to ensure that every neighborhood can share in the benefits of urban tree canopy cover.” — Mayor Tim Kelly