FGRP Urban Forest Project – Internship

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will host numerous workshops, training events, and volunteer opportunities for hundreds of participants throughout 2013. As such, the Urban Forest Project will require assistance in order to complete it’s ambitious schedule. This position will assist the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project Coordinator to plan and implement More

Grand Rapids Tree Advocate Named Volunteer of the Year

Grand Rapids, MI (February 4, 2013) – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is honored to announce that Dotti Clune, a tireless advocate for trees and urban forest, has received the Alliance for Community Trees 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. The award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry More

How Are Cities Strengthening Their Urban Forests?

How Are Cities Strengthening Their Urban Forests?   How—and why—are cities across the U.S. strengthening their urban forests? Urban Forests Case Studies, a recent report from American Forests (www.americanforests.org) offers thought-provoking profiles of urban forest initiatives in twelve cities.   Among the key themes, from cities as diverse as Austin and Atlanta, Denver and Detroit, More

2012 Partners in Community Forestry – Sacramento

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project Coordinator, Lee Mueller, received national recognition in November from the Alliance for Community Trees, a national nonprofit urban forestry organization. Mueller received a Travel Scholarship donated by Bartlett Tree Experts to help attend the annual national conference of urban and community forestry leaders in Sacramento, CA, This More

Trees along Fuller lost to Emerald Ash Borer

West Michigan Tree Service will begin the removal of 31 Ash trees along Fuller, today. The street will be reduced to 2 lanes of traffic to accommodate the removals. The trees have succumbed to the  destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and pose a significant risk to persons and property. Luckily, fifteen of the Ash trees More

DNR Grants the Urban Forest Project nearly $10,000 for 2013

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that grants totaling $92,039 for urban forestry projects statewide will be awarded to 18 recipients in Alger, Antrim, Barry, Clinton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Kent, Lapeer, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Wayne counties. The competitive grant program – a cooperative effort between the DNR and the More

East Hills Wins 10 Trees!

East Hills has a history of supporting its urban trees. For this reason, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) chose it as a neighborhood to pilot their tree mapping program when it launched in August. In October, FGRP challenged East Hills Council of Neighbors to map as many trees as possible in two weeks. More

Brewery Vivant sponsors and plants trees at Highland Park

On Saturday, October 20,  local brewery, Brewery Vivant’s  Monk Club, employees and community volutneers  helped Friends of Grand Rapids Parks plant 20 trees in Highland Park. The tree grove was also sponsored by Brewery Vivant. “One of the core values we have at Brewery Vivant is to operate sustainably,” explained Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant. More

Grand Rapids tree planting effort gets $70,000 federal grant from U.S. Forest Service

By Garret Ellison | gellison@mlive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A West Michigan tree planting initiative designed to help minimize the impact of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The allocation was announced on Friday, Oct. 11 as part of nearly $3 million in U.S. Environmental Protection More

Mayor George Heartwell’s Climate Change Award funds new trees for Grand Rapids parks

By Emily Zoladz | ezoladz@mlive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI–It was a chilly, colorful morning as Friends of Grand Rapids Parks planted 10 trees in Cheseboro Park on Merritt Street SE. The little park recently lost all of its shade to the Emerald Ash Borer and thanks to Mayor George Heartwell’s Mayors’ Climate Protection Award, new Sawtooth More