AUGUSTA — A Maine community forestry program called Project Canopy is awarding $133,000 in grants to municipalities, schools and nonprofit groups for long-term projects.

The grant money is provided by the U.S. Forest Service and includes planning and educational funds and tree planting and maintenance funds. Maine officials say Project Canopy has awarded more than $1.5 million for community projects since 2003. Most range from $6,000 to $8,000.

The largest of this round of grants is a $10,000 award to the Dixmont Conservation Commission for planning. Planting grants are going to cities and towns, including Lewiston, Camden and Belfast.

Maine Governor Paul LePage says Maine’s horticulture industry supports more than 7,800 jobs and creates $286 million in annual economic impact.


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