Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank recently awarded the Town of Bristol $113,225 to help fund the Town’s Urban Forest Municipal Resilience Project.
This project entails the purchase of 238 trees to be planted on public properties and along street rights- of-way in three of the Town’s priority watersheds:
• Silver Creek
• Tanyard Brook
• Mt. Hope Bay
The Town identified tree plantings for stormwater mitigation as a priority action item in the Town of Bristol Municipal Resilience Program Community Resilience Workshop Summary of Findings of 2020.
Trees provide benefits that address environmental impacts, including climate change, stormwater management, air pollutant removal, and mitigating heat islands.
To help the Town with planning for Bristol’s Urban Forest, the RI Department of Environmental Management who provided funding for the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will assist with the creation of a Tree Management Plan.
The tree planting program will begin in the Spring of 2024.
The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank awarded $12 million in Municipal Resilience Program Action Grants to 20 projects in 19 communities across Rhode Island.