A group of valley organizations have announced that they have received a $5 million grant from the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program.

The program is focused on creating, maintaining, and revitalizing green spaces in America's cities.

"Trees make a difference. Studies show that communities with access to trees and green spaces are associated with improved health outcomes, reduced crime, lower average temperatures, and an influx of other kinds of investments and new economic opportunities," the USDA website says.

The $5 million grant will be used by The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Mahoning County Land Bank, City of Youngstown, Trumbull County Land Bank, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Youngstown Cityscape, Healthy Community Partnership, Lola Lewis and other partners to revitalize green spaces around the city.

The funding was announced at a tree planting site on Glenwood Avenue Thursday afternoon. As part of the ceremony, the organizations in attendance planted a tree.

Over the next 5 years, YNDC Executive Director Ian Beniston says YNDC hopes to plant 1,000 trees per year in Youngstown with the grant funds.