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Arbor Day 2010 – GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY WITH PARK TREE PLANTINGS

Arbor Day 2010 from Friends of Grand Rapids Parks on Vimeo.

WHAT: Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks teamed up to celebrate Arbor Day with volunteers in parks this year. Collectively, we planted over 50 trees in 4 parks.  The majority of the trees (40) were planted in Riverside Park, and added to the 40 already planted on Earth Day.

WHY: Trees provide social, economic, and environmental benefits.  It helps to keep the city moving toward a 40% urban forest canopy goal set as part of the Green Grand Rapids Master Plan.  Park trees are continually damaged by storms, disease and many are reaching their age limits.  Riverside Park alone could lose nearly 500 trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer.  Planting new trees is essential to maintaining our urban environment and quality of life.

WHO: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks,  City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation and the Urban Forestry Committee helped to organize the events.

Brink Wood Products donated shredded bark to go around some of the newly planted trees
 

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