See which groups will split $25,000 ‘climate protection’ prize for Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On Arbor Day in April, Mayor George Heartwell named his inaugural Tree of the Year in Grand Rapids. A city budget approved this week includes funding to supplement a grant for planting trees in street right-of-ways. So perhaps it’s no surprise that half of the $25,000 prize Heartwell got last week from the U.S. Conference More

Crowd-sourced Grand Rapids tree map to monetize city canopy.

Author: Matt Vande Bunte   |   mvandebu@mlive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Here’s an idea for your next neighborhood get-together: Tree-mapping party. The Urban Forest Project set to launch in late May will include a crowd-sourced online inventory of trees, like maps of Sacramento, San Francisco and Philadelphia which public “citizen foresters” help create and maintain. The Grand More