$1M grant to address Savannah’s ‘tree inequity,’ offer non-traditional job path

By John Deem
Savannah Morning News
January 8, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

A $1 million grant aims to address “tree inequity” in Savannah while removing barriers to green careers for a dozen local residents. Through the Savannah Tree Foundation’s Canopy Corps, the funding will support three annual paid apprenticeships over a four-year period designed to introduce female and minority candidates to an urban-forestry industry now dominated by white men, said STF Executive Director Zoe Rinker. The program also will target candidates from U.S. Census tracts designated by the federal government as disadvantaged. The grant was awarded by the Georgia Forestry Commission as part of its Trees Across Georgia program, an outgrowth of funding from the federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

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