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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 kcarlso1@mlive.com 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

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

Hemlock wooly adelgid making trouble in Michigan

By Beth Hyatt | July 24, 2017 | Total Landscape Care Concerned citizens in Michigan are working to protect approximately 170 million hemlock trees from the hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA), which is a tiny insect that’s one of the most damaging invasive forest pests in eastern North America. Native to Japan and discovered in Virginia in 1951, the HWA More

Mappy Monday: How Urban Trees Can Save Lives

How Urban Trees Can Save Lives We’ve recently been enthralled by ESRI Story maps! They are an engaging and fun way to learn about various map-related subjects. Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell More

Mappy Monday: Tree Plotter

Do you ever wonder where the largest trees are in Grand Rapids? Or where the nearest Catalpa to your home is? How about the trees that are in bloom or the most colorful trees? Now you can know! This week we’re introducing the new and improved Tree Plotter! Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the 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