Recent Planting Projects:
MSUFCU Tree Plantings - completed May 21, 2014
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) partnered once again to plant trees in mid-Michigan communities. Three plantings were completed this spring, one in Charlotte and two in parks in East Lansing.
The Charlotte tree planting took place at the West Side Fire Station. Six lilac trees and one weeping cherry were added to the grounds of the fire station. The trees were much larger than anticipated (about 8' tall and weighing over 100 lbs.) and the soil was tough clay, but that did not deter the ladies who came out to volunteer that morning. With a little assistance from the Charlotte DPW, all the trees were successfully planted.
The East Lansing plantings were in Harrison Meadows and Patriarche Parks. A total of 47 trees were planted in the two locations, with the majority of them going in at Harrison Meadows. A different group of volunteers from MSUFCU came out to help with these, dealing with muddy, wet ground rather than clay. The trees at Harrison Meadows were part of an effort to restore the area's diversity after invasive buckthorn had overtaken the park. There were a variety of species and sizes planted, with some of the trees purchased with MSUFCU's donation and several others donated by two East Lansing residents. The planting at Patriarche Park was much smaller in comparison. A few trees were planted to compliment a rain garden that is currently being installed around a new playground structure (also under construction).
Thank you to everyone who came out to help with these plantings. We hope that these trees will thrive and be standing for years to come.
Congratulations to all of 2013's Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant recipients. Check out the Photo Album to see pictures all of our plantings as well as our other events. For information about next year's Challenge visit our Go Green Youth Challenge and GGYC Tree Planting Grant pages.
Branch County - completed November 12-13, 2013
It was a cold, windy day in the Coldwater/Quincy area when 20 new trees were successfully planted. The planting was part of an ongoing effort to replace trees that had been removed due to age or damage. Like many Michigan municipalities, this area had been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and several of their trees had been lost due to the infestation. In addition to replacing damaged trees, these plantings will serve to beautify the grounds around two county buildings in Coldwater as well as Quincy Park and Memorial Park.
St. Clair Shores - November 2013
In 2007 the City of St. Clair Shores established the CIA, or Corridor Improvement Authority, with the goal of improving business districts that were in decline. The focus area of this project was the right-of-way on Harper Avenue, the city's main commercial corridor. During the past few years work has been done to improve the aesthetics of Harper Ave. through the construction of nine pocket parks, entryway landscaping, and the implementation of design guidelines for future business developments. The 39 trees planted as part of the GGYC Tree Planting Grant will further enhance the corridor and assist the CIA with their goal to improve the living, working, driving, and shopping experience of city residents.
Sparta High School - October 2013
In 2012 a prairie was created beside Sparta High School. Restoration efforts were underway, but more work was needed. Willows and cattails around a stormwater holding pond threatened to overtake their recently re-seeded prairie. Students removed vegetation by hand before coming together this fall to plant 175 native wetland shrubs of a wide variety of species. Students from both the high school and the elementary school worked in teams to complete this massive project. The planting will increase biodiversity and enhance the area for wildlife habitat, while serving as a hands-on teaching tool for the students.
Tawas City - completed November 4-5, 2013
The City of Tawas City recently reconstructed Shoreline Park, located along the shore of Lake Huron. The reconstruction resulted in the removal of 20 adult trees. The highly visible removal caused community upset, especially over a large cottonwood tree where eagles could be frequently seen perched. However, this tree had been internally damaged by several lightning strikes and its proximity to the parking lot posed a serious public safety hazard. On November 4th and 5th the City planted 22 new trees of 7 different species to replace those that had to be removed. The original trees were planted haphazardly, a result of multiple land acquisitions as the park was created. The new trees were more strategically placed and will hopefully ease some of the challenges of holding events on the property.
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