Let’s grow some GREEN!
In an effort to expand Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy by leveraging local resources, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County awarded City of Homestead a 2023 GREEN Miami-Dade County Matching Grant for its Homestead Canopy Enhancement Project in the amount of $44,218. In its eighth year, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County awarded 17 organizations with matching grants to GREEN up public lands in our county and advance the Million Trees Miami-Dade County initiative, a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent overall tree canopy.
“As the Chair of Neat Streets Miami-Dade County, I am excited to work alongside our municipal partners, including the City of Homestead, to increase our countywide tree canopy,” said County Commissioner Eileen Higgins. “Never before have we awarded so much money to such a diverse pool of applicants. The investments in public land will go a long way in reaching our 30% urban tree canopy goal, making a real difference in the health and beauty of our community.”
“Planting trees is an investment in our city’s future, with priceless benefits from cleaner air, increased shade, and landscape beautifications,” stated City Manager Jerry Estrada. “These trees will continue to benefit generations to come, a legacy of sustainability and stewardship.”
As part of this project, the City of Homestead will plant live oak and dwarf white trumpet trees to provide shade and beautify their community. This project will benefit the residents of Homestead, as well as those that visit the city. By enhancing our city’s canopy, individuals will be able to reap the benefits of increased shaded areas, improved air quality, and landscape beautifications to name a few. There are many locations along SW 4th Street from SW 2nd Avenue to SW 187th Avenue in need of trees.
Made possible through the County’s Tree Trust Fund, preference was given to areas with low tree canopy and low-to-moderate income populations.