Author Archives: Daria Gosztyla

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 music or the latest podcast. If you fall into that camp, consider disconnecting the next time you venture outside, because there are a variety of More

Mappy Monday – Get Ready for Planting Season!

Planting season starts NEXT WEEK and we are so excited. This is our 16th planting season and we will be planting over 100 trees this fall and we need the help of all of our amazing volunteers! As you can see from the map above we have plantings all over the city during the month More

Removal, pruning of 3,000 ‘high-risk’ trees approved by city

original post By Kate Carlson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An initiative to remove and prune 3,000 trees near city streets received a vote of approval from the Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The city will work alongside contracted tree services to handle 3,000 “high-risk” trees and 2,752 stump removals at a cost not-to-exceed More

Mappy Monday: Fall Colors Coming Early!

original post from WoodTV GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fall is on the horizon and a few trees in West Michigan are already starting to turn. Don’t wait to schedule your fall color tour this year, because experts say peak colors in the Mitten could come a bit early. According to the Foliage Network, low More

Appeal of urban ‘tree canopies’ growing across Michigan

original post: ROYAL OAK – Meininger Park is the Makar family’s home away from home. Spring, summer and fall, Andrea Makar walks her children down to the nearby park where towering oak trees provide just the right amount of shade for the neighbors who love to congregate there. It’s a treasure Makar wants to ensure 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 our prize sponsor Eddie Bauer, we eagerly dedicated a stately European Beech in the northern half of Oakhill Cemetery. We were even joined by Fox17 More

Mappy Monday: Climate may quickly drive forest-eating beetles north, says study

original article Over the next few decades, global warming-related rises in winter temperatures could significantly extend the range of the southern pine beetle—one of the world’s most aggressive tree-killing insects—through much of the northern United States and southern Canada, says a new study. The beetle’s range is sharply limited by annual extreme temperature lows, but More

August is National Tree Check Month!

Original Post DNR: Check your trees for the Asian longhorned beetle   MICHIGAN, (WNEM) – They haven’t been found here yet, but the Department of Natural Resources is asking you to take a quick look around your trees for the Asian longhorned beetle. August has been declared national Tree Check Month, time to be on More

Earthworms at the Root of Sugar Maple Decline

By Marcia Goodrich  original post: Michigan Tech  A new study suggests that non-native worms are eating up the forest floor, causing sugar maples to die back and perhaps harming other forest dwellers. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, and corpses aren’t the only casualties. A Michigan Technological University scientist has fingered non-native earthworms More

Mappy Monday: America’s rural forests are shrinking

By Matt Hickman | February 23, 2017 | Mother Nature Network It’s easy — and completely logical — to assume that the further you move away from cities, the closer you’ll be to trees. And by trees, I don’t mean heavily trafficked public parkland with a few impressive stands here and there but large, remote tracts of forested wilderness. More