Community Forestry Grants

Community Forestry

The Alaska Community Forestry Program offers grants to local governments and nonprofits to assess, inventory, and manage public trees and forests in communities. Cities with current inventories and management plans are eligible for grants to implement those plans.

Small grants for other community forestry activities are also available occasionally. Please contact the Community Forestry office for more information.


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Community Orchard and Food Forest Grants

These grants will support the testing and demonstration of fruit trees (and possibly nut trees) that can be grown in Alaska. Trees may be planted in an orchard or in public landscapes throughout a community. These projects will help us evaluate the success of different fruit trees and community orchard and food forest models, share results, and make recommendations.

Consider planting a food forest that mimics a natural forest ecosystem. Include trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to create the layers found in a forest. A food forest produces a variety of foods; improves the soil; and attracts pollinators, birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

For information, see the Request for Proposals, Application, and Grant Report.


Arbor Day Grants Available

Alaskans will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Arbor Day in our state on May 16, 2016. This is the day that we plant trees and celebrate their beauty and the services and products they provide that we could not live without. Events will be held around the state. Watch for announcements about how you can participate.

The Alaska Community Forest Council wants to help you celebrate with small grants to host an Arbor Day event. Grants of $100 to $500 will help to plant a tree or sponsor other activities that promote Arbor Day in Alaska and highlight the 50th anniversary. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 12, 2016.

For more information on the grant, an application, and ideas about how to celebrate Arbor Day, see



  1. The City and Borough of Sitka received a scholarship for a Parks employee/arborist to attend the Municipal Forestry Institute in Oregon in February, 2015.
  2. The Metlakatla Indian Community will receive public tree inventory software and help to complete a GIS-based inventory. The inventory data will be used to develop an urban forest management plan.

Four grants were awarded to help cities implement their community forest management plans.

  1. Sitka planted trees to replace those lost with construction of the Crescent Harbor Park Seawalk in 2013. The trees were planted at Arbor Day 2015 to beautify the downtown walk and picnic areas and help diversify the species planted in Sitka.
  2. Soldotna planted trees and shrubs in Soldotna Park, which is adjacent to the Kenai River and Soldotna Creek, as part of a project to reclaim a former contaminated site. The trees complement a large rain garden and help reduce the amount of runoff into the creek and river. The seven species of trees (five different genera) and nine species of shrubs greatly enhance the diversity of species planted by the City. The trees were planted on May 17, 2014.
  3. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough removed 11 large trees identified as at risk for failure during the public tree inventory.
  4. Wasilla planted trees and other plants in Iditapark to reduce and treat stormwater runoff in the park. The plants also beautify a part of the park that was bare of plants. Teeland Middle School Runoff Rangers helped plant the trees and shrubs.


  1. The City and Borough of Sitka completed a street tree inventory and an Urban Forestry Management Plan 7/2013 (PDF)
  2. The City of Soldotna Parks and Recreation Director received a scholarship to attend the Municipal Forestry Institute in Nebraska in February, 2013.


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