Grand Rapids, MI (October 7, 2012) – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has put National Neighborhoods™ Month and trees center stage, featuring over a dozen events to educate and involve the community. This includes a tree mapping workshop and several tree planting events, one with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. FGRP Exec. Dir. Steve Faber also announced a new website that is mapping all the trees in the city—so far over 17,000—plus a canopy goal. It’s all getting lots of local media coverage.
Hundreds of events all over the nation will be taking place throughout the month of October to celebrate trees across the U.S. for National NeighborWoods Month. And in West Michigan, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have organized different community efforts to educate the public on all things trees.
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Steve Faber, executive director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks said, “We have a new website called urban forest project.com where anyone can add trees to our tree map. There’s over 17,000 trees mapped in the city so far and if you put in the diameter of the tree and you put in the species of the tree into the tree map, it will automatically calculate the ecosystem benefit that that tree is giving.”
A benchmark of 40 percent canopy within the city has been set. That means, 40 percent of the air space above our heads will be made up of trees.
“And so, a lot of it is going to be up to homeowners and property owners to either plant trees or protect the trees that they have,” said Faber. “It’s not so much about going out and planting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of trees. We have to do that, too. But, it’s really, how do we preserve and protect the trees that are already providing this great benefit for our community.”
Here’s a full list of their National NeighborWoods™ Month events.