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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks awarded grant to grow urban forest | Community Spirit

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks awarded grant to grow urban forest
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks awarded grant to grow urban forest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is getting even more funding to create a larger, healthier urban forest.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is awarding the organization with an additional $189,200 to recruit volunteers and rally community support for neighborhood trees.  The GRCF originally awarded the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks nearly $254,000 two years ago to launch the Urban Forest Project. Since then,  volunteers with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have planted 489 trees, including those in Brewer’s Grove in Riverside Park.

"Growing our urban tree canopy is important not just for us – but for all the future generations after us. It’s about health, it’s about the environment, it’s about the future health of our city," said Community Foundation President Diana Sieger. "Empowering citizens to take ownership in making a healthier, more sustainable future is a high priority for us as a Community Foundation, and we are thrilled to partner with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project in making this a reality."

Since 2011,  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has also received two national awards and made Grand Rapids the fifth city in the nation to launch an open source tree map online, which you can find here.

If you'd like to get involved in the Urban Forest Project, visit the group's website here or call Lee Mueller at (616) 389-4687.

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