Detroit, MI (November 14, 2009)- There will soon be a new look to Jefferson Avenue in Detroit thanks to hundreds of volunteers who are spending their Saturday planting trees. WWJ’s Stephanie Davis reports the nonprofit group Greening of Detroit is hoping to plant 540 trees along the roadway between the Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border and I-375. Workers also have a planting day planned for next Saturday, November 21st.
“We’re planting some London Planes, we are planting some Beech, eventually we’re going to plant some Cedar of Lebanon in the Belle Isle area, so it’s really a progression and we’re trying to do a whole bunch of different forests,” Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit, said.
“We come out today to get dirty and help plant and make our city beautiful,” one volunteer said.
The group is hoping to create a “tree canopy” along Jefferson Avenue. The once-tree lined road has seen a number of trees cut down in the past as a result of commercial development. Many trees also died as a result of Dutch elm disease in the 1950’s and most recently the emerald ash borer.
The effort is funded by the Cotton Family and Health Plan of Michigan.
The Greening of Detroit says it will use the partnership to educate individuals about the importance of the urban forest, supporting initiatives aimed at building a stronger economy along Jefferson, employing and training Detroit kids looking for meaningful jobs, leveraging additional support from key officials and civic organizations for new projects, and creating a healthier Detroit for all to work, live and play.
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