Woodbine and Mays Landing are among the 33 grantees to be awarded a share from the $570,000 in grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP announced the grants Thursday, adding that they are being issues to promote community stewardship of forests and trees, improve protection from wildfires and restore forests affected by pine beetles.

Woodbine is one of 26 municipalities receiving between $15,000 and $20,000, with a 50 percent matching contribution, for their project proposal that will help implement management goals and practices in their Community Forestry Management Plans.

The Horizons at Woods Landing Homeowners Association in Mays Landing received $10,000 to help with pine beetle suppression.

“To maintain and improve our forests, it really does take a concentrated effort on the local level and these grants give communities a financial boost to help make that happen,” said Lynn Fleming, director of the State Forestry Service.

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