Planting Trees for a Greener Future

Some of the ways the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance helps cities become more green is by offering tree planting grants to fund tree planting projects, coordinating and planning a tree planting, and provides tree planting information to conduct a proper tree planting.

Over the past few months, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance has been busy coordinating tree plantings in various parts of the state for this spring season. This year, we  partnered with Michigan State Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation to plant 11 trees at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids. The trees were planted on Friday, May 24.

The funding for this planting was made possible by MSUFCU. MADA has partnered with MSUFCU for the last several years to plant trees in different parts of the state. The credit union offers their members the option of switching over to paperless bank statements which saves $1 in printing costs. The dollar saved per paperless statement gets added to MSUFCU’s annual tree planting fund. The credit union then donates the raised funds to MADA to coordinate a tree planting somewhere in the state. This year, MSUFCU wanted to plant in Grand Rapids. The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation expressed their need of trees in an open along two sides of the cemetery. These trees will add value to the neighborhood and provide much needed shade. In addition, these trees will move the City of Grand Rapids one step closer to reaching their goal of 40% canopy cover. This year alone, Grand Rapids will be planting a total of 1,000 trees!

Photo: Michigan State University Federal Credit Union employees standing next to one of the planted trees at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI

We also developed a new partnership with Arbor Brewing Company this year and we are excited to help them plant trees in different parts of the state.

This spring, Arbor Brewing Company launched an initiative to raise money for a tree planting through the sale of their popular Treebeard IPA. They were able to get 80 bars and restaurants across the state to participate in this initiative for the month of April and on Arbor Day (April 26).  Their efforts were very successful and they received a lot of support from the beer loving community. Arbor Brewing Company reached out to MADA to coordinate the tree planting and donated the raised funds to us to make it happen. A few months later, on Friday, May 31,  MADA and Arbor Brewing Company employees partnered up with the Washtenaw County Parks Commission to plant the trees at Meyer Preserve in Ypsilanti, MI. We planted a total of 30 trees in the preserve. The trees in this wetland will help filter the water, improving the drinking water quality for local residents (clean water also means clean beer), and will provide many other benefits to people, wildlife and the environment. Arbor Brewing is committed to being good stewards of the environment, and it shows in the great work they do! We look forward to planting more trees with Arbor Brewing Company this fall.

Photos: Arbor Brewing Company employees planting oak trees at Meyer Preserve

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