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Directory of Technical Assistance for Land Revitalization

 
Section Number: 3.0 
Organization Name: Forest Service, Urban Resources Partnership 
Background: The Forest Service is USDA's primary participant in the Brownfields National Partnership. The Forest Service's mission is to achieve quality land management under a sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet diverse needs. The Forest Service initiated the Urban Resources Partnership (URP) program to provide funding and technical assistance from federal agencies to community-initiated and community-led education and restoration efforts.

The URP is a multi-agency program made up of seven federal agencies. The URP program advocates and assists community-based action through local partnerships to enhance, restore, and sustain urban ecosystems in their respective cities. These actions contribute to the improvement of the social, economic, and physical well being of the people and their natural environment. 
Location: State Urban Forestry Coordinators are located in:Atlanta, Seattle, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas, East St. Louis, South Florida (four-county area), Philadelphia, Boston, and Buffalo 
Relevancy to Revitalization: Provides technical support to Brownfields Showcase Communities that is focused at the local government level. In addition, technical and financial assistance for sustainable redevelopment and reuse projects for state and local governments and community-based groups. 
Specialty Areas:
  • Urban areas
  • Local outreach 
  • General Services Offered:
  • Urban greenspace development
  • Restoration, land revitalization, and reuse projects
  • Education programs
  • Local outreach 
  • Type of Funding Available: Grant funds are available through URP. New communities may be added through a competitive application process as other cities "graduate" from direct federal support. 
    Eligibility: State and local communities  
    Process for Requesting Assistance: Competitive application process 
    Homepage: http://www.fs.fed.us


     
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    Success Stories:
    The Forest Service has committed a total of $400,000 to provide technical assistance to 16 of the Brownfields Showcase Communities. 

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