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Mayor’s Greening Initiative tree planting

October 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Trees provide amazing social, economic and environmental benefits to our city. That is why in 2011 the Green Grand Rapids amendment to the City’s master plan established a 40 percent tree canopy goal. Grand Rapids has a current tree canopy cover of 34.6 percent, which means our community is only 5.4 percent shy of our goal.

Mayor Bliss has committed to the new Mayor’s Greening Initiative to reach that goal. The Greening Initiative targets areas of our city with low tree canopy cover and provides tree plantings in these areas. The Mayor’s Greening Initiative not only will green our city but also will help us combat climate change, clean our air and waterways, and bring us closer than ever to obtaining our 40 percent canopy cover goal.

Each year – with help from the City’s Forestry Department and the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project – Mayor Bliss will host a Greening Initiative Tree Planting that will bring together community and corporate volunteers to plant hundreds of trees around the city in one day.

This year, the Inaugural Mayor’s Greening Initiative Tree Planting is in honor of Richard and Helen DeVos for all they have done to grow Grand Rapids into the award- winning city it is today. This project was made possible by support from the original committee to thank Richard and Helen DeVos and the Employee’s Community Improvement Fund at Amway Corporation.

we have reached our maximum number of volunteers for this fall’s planting! thank you very much for your support of our city’s urban forest! 

Still want to plant a tree with us this fall? Don’t worry there are more plantings to go! Check out the complete list of fall plantings!

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October 28, 2016
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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DeVos Center
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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