Recent Planting Projects:
Congratulations to all of 2012'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.
Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association - completed October 7, 2012
This year was the second year of planting on the Montcalm County Fair Grounds for the North Central and Country Kids 4-H Clubs. This planting was part of a much larger vision for the grounds. This year 124 trees and shrubs of various sizes and species were planted. The native trees were used as a living buffer fence and parking area markers, and shade for the Expo building. The trees will provide a sound buffer, visual screen, shade, erosion and odor control, and beautification. The native plantings will also be used for youth education and community outreach.
Delhi Charter Township - completed October 12, 2012
What does the devastation caused by Dutch Elm Disease in the 1920's have to do with a tree planting project completed earlier this October? The trees planted by Delhi Charter Township in Ingham County are elms resistant to the disease. The nine trees planted were an addition to an existing stand of Princeton Elm trees begun in 2006 along McCue Rd. near the Delhi Township Public Services and Recycling Center. These trees are cultivars of native American Elms and have been proven to be resistant to the American strain of Dutch Elm Disease. A solution to bringing elm trees back to Michigan? Maybe.
Village of Dimondale - completed October 16, 2012
The Village of Dimondale strives for the enhancement of their municipal streetscapes through their tree program which includes both preventative maintenance and replanting efforts. In 2011 road reconstruction forced the Village of Dimondale to remove several trees along E. Jefferson St. As part of the planning process, Village officials sought input from the residents in the area to be planted. By seeking public opinion, they were able to best meet the needs of area residents. Ten trees of various species were planted along the right-of-way in order to restore the area.
Village of Sparta - completed October 17, 2012
Rogers Park in Sparta is a park well-loved and utilized by the community. A recent land aquisition by the Village made it possible to expand the park. This planting project was part of the revitialzation of this dilapidated property. Seven trees were planted on the edge of the property, with more to come in 2013. An additional 33 trees were planted in different neighborhoods of Sparta, including a White Pine which was planted at the elementary school. Third grade students from Appleview Elementary helped plant the trees, while also learning about the importance of tree diversity, the effects of Emerald Ash Borer, keeping properties clean, and why trees are important to the community.
Lewiston Downtown Development Authority - completed October 22, 2012
Lewiston's planting project, like Montcalm's, is part of a larger vision for the area. CR 612 runs through Lewiston's downtown area and is lacking in landscaping. A large scale beautification project was deemed the solution. In addition to inproving the aesthetics of the downtown area, the planted trees would narrow the visual landscape and naturally slow traffic as it entered town. The first phase of this project was completed in late October. 133 trees and shrubs of a variety of species were planted along a five block stretch of the road. The ultimate goal is to plant trees along the entire 1-mile length of CR 612.
City of Potterville - completed November 17, 2012
Parks are a source of pride for the City of Potterville. The 70 trees planted as part of this project went to improving three existing parks: City Park, Memorial Park, and Lake Alliance Park as well as the newly approved Sunset Hills Park. These trees will serve to contribute to Potterville's small town atmosphere as well as youth education and an awareness of the importance of community forestry.
Shepherd High School - to be completed Spring 2013
City of Grant - to be completed Spring 2013
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