Recent Planting Projects:
Congratulations to all of 2016's Go Green Youth Challenge 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. For information about next year's Challenge visit our Go Green Youth Challenge and GGYC Tree Planting Grant pages.
East Rockford Middle School - completed December 1, 2016
The 6th grade students in the Earth Keepers magnet have studied the benefits of planting trees on the campus of East Rockford Middle School. They have put together a plan to decrease energy cost by providing shade and windbreaks to the building, manage stormwater runoff by planting near drains and roof runoff, and after interviewing teachers, have chosen trees that can be used to support the school's curriculum. Not only will these trees add beauty to the campus, they will be a sustainable living learning lab that teachers and students will benefit from for generations to come. The planting of 38 trees is planned for this year; a mixture of shade trees and evergreens including: sugar maple, catalpa, white pine, pin oak, hemlock, honey locust, red maple, silver maple, and tulip tree. The students assisted teachers and parent volunteers with the planting. In addition, the 7th grade students who were part of the research team in 2015 were able to participate as well, as a reward for their hard work in the planning process.
Grass Lake Charter Township - completed October 12, 2016
Grass Lake Charter Twp. acquired property in 1994 through an acquisition grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be used as public park space. The development of the Grass Lake Community Sports and Trails Recreation Park has been continuous over the last 11 years. Baseball fields, soccer fields, and walking/biking trails have gradually given the park shape and purpose. Active community groups and donors have funded these developments with the oversight of the Township Board, who is also committed to annual maintenance funding of the park. However, the park still lacked what the community had long requested: the addition of landscaping using trees and other plantings. The planting of 75 shade trees around the athletic fields, park entrance, and parking lot will provide and attractive entryway as well as provide shade for families attending ball games and walking on trails.
Oshtemo Charter Township - completed October 17, 2016
Oshtemo Charter Twp. has assembled 26 acres of land on North Drake Road, one of the most densely populated areas of the community, to create a new park. Drake Farmstead Park features an historic brick farmhouse that was constructed by one of the area's earliest settlers and is being restored by volunteers from the Oshtemo Historical Society as a living history center. Existing trees are primarily sugar maples, some of which were planted by the original settlers. The long term plan for the park proposes a variety of new uses such as walking trails, a picnic shelter, a food forest, and a new barn for events and programs. The goal is to preserve the historic character and atmosphere of the historic farmstead while providing a community gathering place and outdoor learning environment. Twenty-two trees will be planted throughout the park to beautify the area, replace mature trees that were lost to a storm, and for strategic screening.
Vermontville Township, Woodlawn Cemetery - planting date TBD
In 2015, Vermontville Twp. had to remove 9 trees from the township owned Woodlawn Cemetery due to the death of those trees. The cemetery was deeded over to the township in 2012 and has been maintained by a board of volunteers for several decades. This project will restore some of the natural beauty to this community asset and by replacing the trees with sugar maples, the species removed, it will further reinforce the community's rich heritage in the maple syrup industry.
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