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The Urban Orchard Project

The Urban Orchard Project

By: Caroline
From: http://www.crestongr.com


Have you taken a walk through Riverside Park lately and won-dered about the new grove of seed-lings planted at the north end of the park?

The Urban Forest Project is a new initiative led by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks partnering with the city of Grand Rapids.

The project's key focus is to en-gage community members in planting and growing a vibrant and healthy urban forest. The trees in Riverside Park launched the project in partnership with the Lions Club, with a planting of 113 trees (11 varieties).

One goal of the Urban Forest Project is to increase the tree cano-py within the city to 40%.

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

West Michigan Environmental Action Council will be presenting a series of rain barrel workshops coming up this summer. The dates for June and July are below. Please check back for other workshops that might be scheduled during June and July!

Saturday June 16, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday June 27, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday July 21, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday July 25, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

The cost of the workshop is $20 dollars per rain barrel. You are welcome to purchase multiple barrels.

Click here to register.

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) welcomed the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Wednesday evening. Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization were honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life

“There are many who work tirelessly to protect the environment throughout Michigan,” said Ronald Brown, chair of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  “Their dedication has improved the quality of life in our state and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society believes that the time has come to recognize these people, projects and organizations.” 

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

On Sunday, April 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer Missionary Movement is sponsoring a fundraising event featuring bestselling author Edwina Gateley. Her latest book, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters – Standing on Their Shoulders, will be the topic of discussion and she will provide us with some exquisite examples of feminine wisdom and courage.

We will hear about the women on whose shoulders we all stand.  They include saints, mystics, and martyrs; reformers, writers and environmentalists. Edwina will introduce us to women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Emily Dickinson, Rachel Carson, Pema Chodron, Dorothy Stang, Aung San Suu Kyi and Wangari Muta Maathai.

Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In August 2010, the City partnered with Kent County to provide single-stream curbside recycling services. Last spring, the City partnered with Local First to create the myGRcity points program, where residents who recycle earned points to redeem at local businesses. The City's single-stream, smart-cart, curbside recycling program reports that the amount (in tons) of recyclables collected has increased by over 80% in the past ten months over the previous four years. Over 7,057 households are currently participating in the myGRcity points program. It is free to participate and information can be found at www.mygrcitypoints.com.

Give an apple, get an apple: Grand Rapids' first urban orchard

Give an apple, get an apple: Grand Rapids' first urban orchard

Did you know we have an urban orchard in Grand Rapids? It’s located in Aberdeen Park, thanks in part to the planning and generosity of the Creston Neighborhood Association.

An urban orchard consists of trees planted in a public space for the entire community's benefit. The idea was brought to light at a sub-committee meeting of the neighborhood association earlier this year. Board member Amanda St. Amour knew well the advantages of trees since her brother has been an arborist for many years. She was excited to work on the Living Green in Creston sub-committee.

“The committee really liked the idea and we created a proposal to present...