Project Completed - Tree Planting for Ecosystem Restoration and Green Jobs: Georgia's Growing Green

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) will assist in the creation of more than 30 jobs in north Georgia as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through tree planting projects designed to help stimulate the economy and restore ecosystems impacted by growth and urbanization. The project will help many north Georgia counties where the highest net changes in employment rates have occurred by creating and retaining green jobs in nurseries, tool and equipment sales, and landscape architecture, among others.

These jobs will help sustain the health and diversity of north Georgia forests, which have been impacted by the pressures of growth and urbanization. Funding will be passed to local partner organizations and institutions which provide the mechanism and leverage needed to select tree planting sites and carry out the plantings. Urban forest professionals will guide the strategic placement of trees for economic and environmental benefits such as water and air quality, climate change, energy savings, greenhouse gases reduction, and mitigation of storm runoff.

Designated counties in the approved "Georgia's Growing Green" grant include, but are not limited to: Lumpkin, Fannin, Dawson, Union, White, Clarke (Athens), Floyd (Rome), Gordon, Murray, Oglethorpe, Habersham, Morgan, Towns, Rabun, Gordon, Whitfield and Gilmer. These areas have recorded the highest net changes in unemployment rates and are considered to have the strongest potential for building on tree planting capacity.

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Project Information

GFC Project #: 1G259

Federal ID #: 10-DG-11084419-034

Funds Amount: $897,000

Funds Allocation
897,000 to support a sub-grant program that creates or sustains green jobs and helps to restore local ecosystems by planting trees in North Georgia.

Qualification and Application Information
The Georgia's Growing Green Grants have been awarded - see a list of funded projects. For information about bid or job opportunities, please contact the local project manager.

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Tree Planting for Ecosystem Restoration and Green Jobs: Georgia's Growing Green
USDA Forest Service Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road NW Ste 876s
Atlanta GA 30309
Phone: 404.347.4569