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Posted on: June 27, 2022

Neat Streets Miami-Dade County Awards Street Tree Matching Grant to the City of North Miami

City North Miami, Florida, June 27th 2022

In an effort to expand Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy by leveraging local resources, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County awarded the City of North Miami a Street Tree Matching Grant for its Neat Street Project in the amount of $11,600. In its sixth year, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County’s street tree program awarded 15 organizations matching grants to advance the Million Trees Miami-Dade County initiative, a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy for Miami-Dade County. 

“The Neat Street tree project provided North Miami the opportunity to participate in increasing its tree canopy to beautify its streets, mitigate urban heat and reduce stormwater runoff”- Christina Viala, North Miami Sustainability Administrator. 

As part of this project, the City of North Miami has planted 40 trees of different species including Silver Buttonwood (9), Paradise Tree (7), Pigeon Plum (9), Gumbo Limbo (1), Dahoon Holly (8), Wild Tamarind (6). The trees are to provide shade and beautify the community. All the trees are native, hence adapted to the South Florida climate. Native trees require lower maintenance in the long term and may reduce stormwater runoff. 

Made possible through the County’s Tree Trust Fund, preference was given to areas with low tree canopy and/or low-to-moderate income populations. 

About Million Trees Miami-Dade County and Neat Streets Miami-Dade County:
Launched by Neat Streets Miami-Dade County, the Million Trees Miami-Dade County initiative is a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Neat Streets Miami-Dade County is a multi-jurisdictional board dedicated to the promotion of ecological and human health by creating and maintaining sustainable, beautiful, clean and environmentally equitable spaces countywide. 

About Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces:
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of more than 280 parks and 40,000+ acres of parks and natural areas, comprised of active, passive parklands and nature preserves. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on place making, health and fitness, and conservation and stewardship. 

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Zenon, Communication Officer II
305-8953-6511, ext. 12152
szenon@northmiamifl.gov

About the City of North Miami

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).

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