April 25 is Arbor Day, How Are You Celebrating?

Arbor Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the great things that trees do for us. From clean air and stormwater interception, to beauty and shade, trees provide a myriad of benefits to our City. Today, April 25th is Arbor Day.

As we celebrate this day of trees, it’s important we keep in mind how critical trees are to making our City vibrant, livable, and enjoyable. Arbor Day is an opportunity that we can all take to reflect on the goals that we have for our City’s Urban Forest.

In 2011, our City officially adopted a 40% tree canopy goal. Since then, both the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids have significantly increased their planting efforts. Last year alone, FGRP planted 479 trees; the most for us in one year.

But expanding tree canopy is more than planting; it is also preserving and enhancing. Our large, mature trees contribute far more to our tree canopy than small, new trees will for several decades. As you think about the character of trees throughout our community, consider what you can do to help care for, tend to, or otherwise promote the health of one of our aging trees.

Today and tomorrow, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will be out in the community helping to celebrate trees. Today, FGRP will be working with local volunteers to provide in-school tree programming, and the Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals will be planting 10 trees with FGRP in MLK Park. Tomorrow, FGRP is working with community volunteers to plant trees in Roosevelt Park.

How do you plan to celebrate? Tell us by posting to our facebook page, or tweeting @FriendsGRParks #GRtrees

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