Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893.6511 Ext. 12160


North Miami, FL – 8/10/2018

In an effort to expand Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy, Neat Streets Miami awarded a Street Tree Matching Grant to the City of North Miami in the amount of $15,000, for the City’s South-Central Tree Planting Project. This three-year-old program has awarded matching grants to 14 local governments and non-profit organizations to advance the Million Trees Miami initiative. The Million Trees Miami initiative, is a community-wide program, aiming to plant one million trees by 2020.   

 Made possible through the County’s Tree Trust Fund, this year’s countywide grant funding totals $250,000, a 20% increase from 2017. Preference was given to areas with limited tree canopies and a low-to-moderate population income, in an attempt to achieve a tree canopy coverage of at least 20% in all neighborhoods, which reflects Miami-Dade County’s average tree canopy coverage.  

In North Miami, the purchase and installation of 25 crape myrtle trees, 30 green buttonwood trees and 25 pigeon plum trees for the South-Central Tree Planting Project was made possible by the City’s $15,000 contribution, combined with the $15,000 grant from Neat Streets Miami. The City of North Miami hired landscaping contractor, Gardening Angel, to plant a total of 80 trees in canopy-deficient swales adjacent to residential properties. The selected trees are intended to increase shade and beautify the community.    
The project was inspired by North Miami’s Street Tree Management Plan, which identified a 14% canopy deficiency and recommended tree types and planting locations within the public right-of-way.  Planting in North Miami will take place primarily from NE 134th Street and NE 8th Avenue to NE 125th Street and NE 14th Avenue.   

About Neat Streets Miami and Million Trees
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.   

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. 
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