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500 Trees to be planted as part of Grand River protection and restoration initiative

 500 Trees to be planted as part of Grand River protection and restoration initiative

The U.S. Forest Service announced yesterday nearly $3 million in grants to improve tree canopy, forest cover and ultimately, water quality in six Great Lakes states, including $70,000 to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. The grants are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.

“Healthy forests and lands support healthy waters," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "These projects will put people to work increasing the number of trees, turning polluted industrial sites into beautiful parkland and improving habitat for wildlife."

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

By Victoria Mullen

Dean Rosendall’s passion for composting and recycling is contagious. When we meet for this article’s interview, I’m struck by his genuine interest in and commitment to his profession, which meshes nicely with his ease in building relationships, spotting trends and putting together a strategic vision.

Rosendall is a partner in the newly launched recycling business, New Soil, which is doing some pretty exciting things. Yes, recycling can be exciting, believe it or not. 

Hey, I was surprised, too. 

The Greening of Grand Rapids

The Greening of Grand Rapids

by Heidi Stukkie

Recent national awards have positioned Grand Rapids as an environmental leader known for its commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection. The city’s focused efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions began a few years ago and are already showing significant cost savings and numerous social and environmental benefits.   

Green Gala 2012

Green Gala 2012

From: www.friendsofgrparks.org

The Green Gala is a one of a kind fundraiser event for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to advance our mission to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in the city.

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

by Heidi Stukkie

That large tree in your yard is worth some money. Next time you’re raking leaves, try to remember that.

More than 1.5 million trees exist within the Grand Rapids city limits. Each of these trees provides value to our community and thanks to the new Urban Forest Project, that value can now be measured in dollars.

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

West Michigan Environmental Action Council will be presenting a series of rain barrel workshops coming up this summer. The dates for June and July are below. Please check back for other workshops that might be scheduled during June and July!

Saturday June 16, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday June 27, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday July 21, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday July 25, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

The cost of the workshop is $20 dollars per rain barrel. You are welcome to purchase multiple barrels.

Click here to register.