The City of Newport, KY is a community of 15,000 people, located along the Ohio River across from downtown Cincinnati. The public trees are managed by the City’s Community Services Division, with UCW hired to serve as city arborist on an annual contract basis.
UCW’s priority is to help the city build an urban forestry management program to the best standards possible with the resources available. This includes:
$1 Million Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Grant Awarded to Newport for Trees
UCW applied for an IRA grant to build tree canopy in the west side of Newport, which is a disadvantaged neighborhood with the lowest tree canopy in the city. Newport was award $1 million to remove large amounts of concrete over the next five years and plant trees in this highest need area.
"(The west side) lacks the canopy that the majority of the rest of the city already has the benefit of," says Mayor Tom Guidugli. "The benefits of what the tree canopy provides are significant because they improve air quality, they reduce urban heat, and enhance the overall quality of life."
"Newport's a walkable community," he adds. "Having the shade of a tree on a hot day is something that is a real value to our residents."
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