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Posted on: December 3, 2021

USDA grant provides upgrade to Panama City tree canopy

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The City of Panama City recently planted 200 trees, satisfying its requirements for funding provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Forest Service’s Hurricane Michael Urban and Community Forest Recovery Grant Program.

With the loss of more than 80-percent of the City’s tree canopy due to Hurricane Michael, City planners are committed to reestablishing coverage due to the environmental benefits trees provide such as increased energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, and mitigation of urban heat island effects.

After evaluation, a major city transportation thoroughfare, Cove Boulevard, and two public parks, H.D. Mathis and Kraft Field were chosen to receive the trees. All native species of trees were selected, including oaks, magnolias, cypress, and maples, to ensure successful growth. The grant, worth close to $40,000, gave Panama City the opportunity to increase the diversity of its tree stocks and significantly improved the visual and aesthetic appeal of all three properties.

Citizens who would like more information on the City’s efforts to #RetreePC can contact the City’s Quality of Life Department by telephone at (850) 691-4569 or via email at qol@pcgov.org. Additionally, access to the city’s current inventory of trees is available at https://cpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/interactivelegend/index.html?appid=37d75b3d8e6e407c8f80a0fb85f018bf.

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