The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.
We are also happy to announce the winner of the 2018 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! The theme was Trees for Life. We received over 90 beautiful posters our Michigan students created. Like last year, our winners were chosen by popular vote. Congratulations to Isabelle from Indian Hill Elementary for placing first! All entries are posted on our Facebook Page for voting.
Our 2018 Tree Planting Grant cycle is now closed! Applications were due by mail no later than April 30, 2018. Congratulations to the towns of Vermontville, Iron Mountain, East Lansing, and Burton for being awarded the 2018 grants! We are excited to help plant 82 trees this year!
Keep on eye on our Tree Planting Grant page for next years details and to download an application.
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In 2015, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance was the proud recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation's Arbor Day Celebration Award. They put together a very nice video that was featured during the awards ceremony on April 25, 2015 along with all the other fantastic award winners. You can watch the video below. And be sure to check out the Arbor Day Foundation's website for photos. We are honored to be selected by the Foundation this year. Thank you for this great award.
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Map of Previous Community Tree Planting Projects
View our tree planting locations and project details. The various tree planting locations are achieved in collaboration with local municipalities, organizations and volunteers. None of these projects would be possible without the support of our partners and volunteers. Check back for updated postings of new tree plantings throughout Michigan!
Congratulations to all of 2017's Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant recipients. More details will be added to this page as projects are completed. Check out the Photo Album to see pictures all of our plantings as well as our other events.
City of East Lansing
Trees are a significant component of East Lansing's urban environment. A Tree City USA recipient for 30 years, the City of East Lansing has long recognized the many benefits of its urban forest. Unfortunately, the City's urban trees have suffered the consequences of emerald ash borer and the 2013 ice storm. These two events have caused the removal of several mature trees. The wind storms in July 2016 and March 2017 caused even further damage to the tree canopy, resulting in the removal of nearly 100 more trees. This project will help replant in the parkway, island areas of streets, and in some designated park areas. The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance has partnered with the City of East Lansing during several tree plantings, but this is the first grant the City has received.
Oshtemo Charter Township
Oshtemo Charter Township owns five parks and recreation facilities. Two of these parks, Flesher Field and Grange Hall, are in need of additional trees. This project would add 20 trees between the two properties, all native Michigan shade trees including: black oak, white oak, chinkapin oak, tulip tree, hackberry, serviceberry, and redbud. The new trees will provide shade for park visitors, beautify the parks, and increase wildlife habitat. Oshtemo Township is a rapidly growing community outside of Kalamazoo. Recent and proposed residential and commercial development have significantly impacted the community's canopy coverage. This project will help offset this loss of trees. Oshtemo Township was first awarded a grant in 2016 for Drake Farmstead Park and re-applied this year for additional parks.
A BIG Thank You to all our partners and sponsors who make the State Arbor Day Celebration a success: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, ITC, MSU Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks & Rec., Potter Park Zoo, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Forestry & Public Service-City of Lansing, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Van Pines Nursery, Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Humanities Council, and Williams Farm Machinery.
We would also like to thank all the volunteer presenters and their organizations for making the State Arbor Day Celebration a wonderful event!