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Neat Streets Miami announces Street Tree matching grant winners

13 organizations to double our green on Miami-Dade streets

MIAMI (March 23, 2017)

In an effort to expand Miami-Dade’s tree canopy by leveraging local resources, Neat Streets Miami announced the 2017 winners of Street Tree Matching grants at the biennial LEAF Summit today.  As a part of Million Trees Miami goal to plant one million trees and increase the tree canopy to 30% by the year 2020, Neat Streets Miami awarded $200,000 in grant matching funds to plant more canopy trees on transportation corridors and gateways. 

In its second year, the following 13 organizations won a Neat Streets Miami Street Tree Matching Grant:

•Citizens for a Better South Florida
•Town of Cutler Bay
•Village of El Portal
•Lotus Endowment, Inc.
•City of Miami Beach
•Town of Miami Lakes
•Miami Shores Village
•City of North Miami
•City of North Miami Beach
•City of South Miami
•City of Sunny Isles Beach
•City of Sweetwater
•Village of Virginia Gardens

 Awardees were announced by Neat Streets Miami Chairman, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9, at the LEAF Summit, South Florida’s premier exchange on trees.  Approximately 200 community leaders participated in the 2017 LEAF Summit to learn and apply best practices for growing the tree canopy in Miami=Dade.

“With the Street Tree Matching Grant program, the County is leveraging funds to get more green on the streets,” said Commissioner Moss. “By matching resources for trees, we are creating more shade, beautifying corridors and gateways and encouraging more activity in communities throughout the County.”

This year, Neat Streets Miami gave applicants in neighborhoods with low tree canopy and with underserved populations priority in an attempt to achieve at least a twenty percent tree canopy coverage (Miami-Dade County’s average) in all neighborhoods. 

About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami                                                       
Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Housed in the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board that creates beautiful, green and livable transportation corridors, gateways and connections.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.