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

WZZM profiles National NeighborWoods Month

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) – Did you know that October is National NeighborWoods Month? Hundreds of events all over the nation will be taking place throughout the month of October to celebrate trees across the U.S. Here in West Michigan, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are organizing different community efforts to educate the public on all things More

Tree Price Tags in Downtown GR

Tree tags are popping up around town. You might have seen these colorful and informative tags hanging from various trees throughout Grand Rapids. On one side, they communicate the ecosystem value contributed to Grand Rapids by that specific tree. On the reverse, they contain an artistic representation of a native tree, or Grand Rapids’ urban More

Neighborwoods Month!

National Neighborwoods Month is a country-wide celebration of trees promoted and coordinated by the Alliance for Community Trees. This year, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has worked very hard to host the biggest Neighborwoods Month in grand rapids yet. Join us for a month full of tree-filled activities and adventures and join thousands of More

Middleschooler maps most of Midtown Green

Special thanks to tree map user Chloeboo (username) for helping map most of Midtown Green.  Chloeboo was able to earn volunteer credit for the project prior to entering City Middle School.  Chloeboo identified, measured, categorized, and mapped over 30 trees in the park.  Their effort earned them over 800 reputation points in the system. There More

Keep a tape measure in your pocket

With the Tree Map in beta testing, I’ve been taking different opportunities to map trees around the city.  Today I finally got around to editing the inaugural Mayor’s Tree of the Year.  Thankfully a lot of the data was already in the tree map because of East Hill’s earlier mapping efforts to catalog the street More

As temps rise, cities combat “heat island” effect.

National Public Radio September 4, 2012 Listen: as temps rise, cities combat “heat island” effect More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. High temperatures More

Funding Available for Tree-Minded Projects.

We all understand the value of trees. The trick is communicating that value and involving our neighbors; pushing for recognition of the importance and value of our urban forest. The best success is achieved when communities take charge and begin flying the flag of urban forest advocacy within their own communities. Unfortunately, funding and finances More