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Are my Oaks oak-ay? Gypsy Moth Caterpillars and tree health.

June 2018 WZZM Update  Growing populations of gypsy moth caterpillars raise concern for landscapes and woodlots original post Posted on May 9, 2018 by Bob Bricault, Michigan State University Extension Caterpillars are eating… Read More

Mayor’s Greening Initiative

Nearly 400 Volunteers and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss showed up to plant 300 trees in the West Grand neighborhood of Grand Rapids – a huge feat that could not have been done without our amazing volunteers! With… Read More

Plogging – perfect for a park promenade

Despite the sporadically cold Spring weather we have had recently, consistently warm weather is just around the corner. With the warm weather we tend to spend more time outside enjoying… Read More

Toodaloo Tree Beer

Thursday, March 15, we said toodaloo to this year’s Tree Beer. Over the past month, tree-inspired beers, ciders, and cocktails have been available at participating breweries in order to help raise money… Read More

March Means Maple Syrup

Every year when the weather starts to warm up Michigan our trees start to come back to life. In Michigan and across the wooded North the flowing of Sugar Maple… Read More

WinterWest – A thank you to our sponsors

On January 20th in Richmond Park, Friends hosted its WinterWest event to show just how fun outdoor parks can be in the cold, snowy weather. We had a blast with… Read More

Celebrate Rosa Parks Circle!

Friends of GR Parks Grows Their Team!

Friends of GR Parks is growing their community engagement focus by adding one new team member, three new board members and one city liaison to its organization. Dia Noble, previously… Read More

The Tunes of Trees

Original Post by Dylan Stuntz, American Forests Headphones are so ubiquitous today, it’s common to see people walking by with earbuds in, going about their days listening to their favorite… Read More

Mayor’s Tree of the Year 2017 Dedication!

This past week we dedicated the 2017 Mayor’s Tree of the Year at Oakhill Cemetery! With a crowd of observers, the City of Grand Rapids, our team at Friends, and… Read More