As with any infrastructure project, securing the proper sources of funding can make or break the final result. The upkeep of urban forestry is essential to sustaining the project following the initial installation period, making long term funding a key concern. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Forest Service both offer funding opportunities, as do a number of corporate-nonprofit partnerships. Aside from these traditional funding sources, communities have had to create their own innovative approaches for long-term funding. Utilize the resources below to understand how communities have secured green infrastructure funds and to review a selection of funding opportunities.
A more recent concept is the idea that some communities trees can pay for others. By and large, downed trees are rarely recycled and end up chipped and mulched. A number of communities have begun to find markets for these trees among artisans and small sawmills seeking reclaimed or recycled wood. Some municipalities have even created markets by incubating small local industry devoted to use of reclaimed urban trees. Additionally, it is not uncommon for tree care companies to work with developers to determine whether any trees slated for removal might be diverted to some other productive use. Monies earned could be mandated for mitigation by the developer, or diverted to the community’s urban forestry budget – providing the funds for mandated replacement and mitigation. More on this topic can be found in the Financing Urban Forestry Programs section of the Planning Process.