San Diego gets $10 million federal grant to plant trees and reduce extreme heat

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San Diego has been awarded $10 million from the federal government for planting trees in communities throughout the city as part of an ongoing effort to grow its urban forest, it was announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service awarded the funds, part of $1 billion distributed to cities nationally to plant and maintain trees and aid in combating heat and climate change, a statement from the agency reads.

The Forest Service selected 385 grant proposals from all 50 states to fund projects. San Diego's funding will be used for the city's Ready, Set, Grow San Diego program.

Officials plan to conduct outreach to the public for planning and participation in the project. Grant-funded activities will include planting and preserving trees through well expansions and removal of tree grates.

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