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Schumer Announces Nearly $11 Million for Tree Planting Projects in Upstate NY


US Senator Chuck Schumer announced nearly $11 million for three projects in Syracuse, Auburn and across Central New York to plant thousands of new trees.

The funds will also allow for the expansion of youth and job training programs helping make the community greener through the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. The money was secured through the Inflation Reduction Act, which included over $1 billion for the USDA program to help increase equitable access to trees.

In a statement, Schumer said the funding will help breathe new life into many neighborhoods and plant thousands of new trees, helping reduce “urban heat islands” in places like Syracuse while helping youth get connected to good paying jobs that improve the community and contribute to a greener environment.

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