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

Helping bring the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project to life.

Prior to relocating to Grand Rapids, my experience with this city has been limited. Sure, I’d visited for a wedding or two. I’ve come for a conference, but I’ve never had the chance to fully experience the city. Regardless of my lack of experience with your city, recent progress towards Green initiatives makes Grand Rapids More

Launching a new project.

When I started with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in 2009, I was their first and only staff.  I remember sitting down with some of the founding board members and community champions to talk about their hopes for the organization and what they saw as new opportunities for the community engagement.  At some point during More

Grand Rapids tree of the year chosen.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — A tree in the East Hills neighborhood is Grand Rapids’ Tree of the Year. Mayor George Heartwell gave the ash tree the distinction in honor of Arbor Day. The Urban Forestry Committee says the one tree alone captures 7,000 gallons of storm water each year and absorbs 1,200 pounds of carbon More