Category Archives: Big Picture

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

Mappy Monday!

Introducing the new Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project blog series: In this blog series we will be exploring the wonderful world of trees, data, and maps For our introductory entry we will be highlighting one of our partners: Have you ever been in the middle of nowhere and wondered where you were? 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

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


In the 20th century, chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease decimated billions of U.S. trees growing in forests and lining urban and suburban streets. The tree diseases, caused by invasive pests—a wind borne fungus spore from Japan and a beetle from the Netherlands, respectively—changed the face of one American city landscape after another and cost More

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

By SALLY McGRANE New York Times, JAN. 29, 2016 HÜMMEL, Germany — In the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches. “These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck More

Paris Climate Agreement: Cities Need Trees

San Francisco (January 12, 2016) — A Huffington Post editorial by Jad Daley, Director, Climate Conservation program at The Trust for Public Land, lays out the strong recognition in the final Paris climate agreement for urban trees. According to Daley, urban forests are an important and oft-overlooked piece of the carbon puzzle, providing about 8 More

MSU has oldest continuous forestry club in the country

MSU may have the oldest Forestry Club in the country, dating back to 1902, but the club remains unknown to many due to the nature of their work. Founded by George C. Morbeck in 1902, MSU’s Forestry Club is considered to be the nation’s oldest continuous forestry club, according to the MSU Forestry Club’s Facebook page. More

Protecting trees from above

When you think about NASA, you probably picture outer space, comets and galaxies. But there is also much to explore on our home planet Earth. We still have a lot to learn about the weather, the water cycle, Earth’s interior and our planet’s many ecosystems. And NASA doesn’t only research big systems like the atmosphere; More