Author Archives: Daria Gosztyla

Grand Rapids in Bloom: Spring 2017 Tree Planting Season Recap

Another Friends of Grand Rapids Parks planting season is in the books, folks! Neighbors and volunteers came together at 9 separate locations helping to #GreenUpGR and give our neighborhoods a little extra bloom during this season’s major tree planting effort! Our Spring 2017 Planting For Our Future, Arbor Day and community tree planting season came More

Connect with Trees this Winter!

People tend to forget about trees during the winter months. We assume that’s because the trees are dormant, they don’t have growing leaves or flowers, and little maintenance is required. However, winter months can, and should, be utilized by those of us who may be concerned with the health of our trees and those of More

The Great American Tree Competition

A nationwide competition is underway to locate the 2016 “Great American Tree.” The American Grove is looking for trees that have extraordinary fall color, or a unique flower, fruit, nut or leaf detail that sets them apart and makes them an exceptional and a truly “one-of-a-kind” tree. Nominations for the Great American Tree are due More

Citizen Forester: September Update

We’re reaching out to give Citizen Foresters and Citizen Forester trainees updates for the month of September!  Month In Review In the month of August we hosted 2 After Work Tree Times (AWTT), a tree ID class, 2 BBQ & Beautify events, 3 Community Forestry Input Sessions, we graduated 2 new Citizen Foresters and boogied at the Green Gala- Let’s More

Citizen Forester: August Update

CITIZEN FORESTER UPDATE! We’re reaching out to give Citizen Foresters and Citizen Forester trainees updates for the month of August!  Month In Review This past month we hosted 4 After Work Tree Times (AWTT), 2 Citizen Forester Classes, a BBQ & Beautify event at Richmond Park, and we graduated 5 new Citizen Foresters- Let’s recap! More

Planting for Our Future: Planting trees with the next generation

There are few things that we love to talk about more than our invaluable partnerships, and this one is towards the top of our list! We’re excited to tell you about Planting for Our Future, a partnership between the Urban Forest Project and the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS). Planting for Our Future (PFOF) is More

Citizen Forester: July Update

This post is intended to give Citizen Foresters, Citizen Forester trainees, and those interested in becoming a Citizen Forester updates for the month of July! Month in Review The Urban Forest Project had a very busy June! We honored the Mayors Tree of the Year, released the 2015 Urban Forest Project Report Card, kicked off our More

Time to nominate Grand Rapids’ next Mayors Tree of the Year!

If you’ve ever taken a Citizen Forester class with the Urban Forest Project, you probably already know that we open up class asking each participant to “tell us a crazy tree story or name your favorite tree.” Going around the room we have heard stories about a maple tree that someone climbed so high that More