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The Success of Fall

Whew! It has been a very busy season for us and many of our dedicated volunteers. We did something we did not expect to happen, we planted a whooping 265 trees this season alone. This. Season. Alone. This makes it our biggest tree planting season to date!

We thank the City of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the USDA Forest Service, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the local brewers, and community members for offering their time, parkways, parks, and/or financial investment to make this possible. Due to these partnerships, we have found homes of all 265 of these trees that only add positive benefits for the community and environment. We have planted at the following sites this season on public land:

Richmond Park (35 trees)

Congress Elementary (10 trees)

Mackay-Jaycee Park (110 trees)

Riverside Park – Brewers Grove (35 trees)

Riverside Park – NeighborWoods celebration (30 trees)

In addition to these locations, neighbors within the City of Grand Rapids utilized the mini-grants we offer to plant additional trees to improve the value of their community and health:

28 fruit trees at Martian Luther King, Jr. Park (Community Orchard)

17 neighborhood trees at Ottawa Hills

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We are honored and thrilled at the level of commitment that everyone has shown that supports the goals we have set forth in better this city for future generations. Without people like yourself, we could not reach this astounding number of newly planted trees. It is with the aid, support, and direction of the USDA Forest Service, GLRI and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that we can provide the trees, staff resources, and additional resources to give to the community these lasting assets.

 We are also looking for opportunities to further our goal to increase the tree canopy for the City of Grand Rapids and utilize our mini-grants and resources to support community needs. If you should have a project that relates to trees you are excited about or just want to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are a resources for the community and want to be here for you as long as there are parks and trees that need care and attention.

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