Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day!


Welcome to Michigan Arbor Day Alliance!

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.

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI.


 Why are trees so importanWhy are urban forests so important to our economy and human health? Nationally, urban forests are estimated to contain about 3.8 billion trees, with a structural asset value of $2.4 trillion, which doesn’t include other ecosystem service benefits.

 Urban trees in the lower 48 states store 770 million tons of carbon, valued at $14.3 billion,  and remove approximately 784,000 tons of air pollution annually, with a value of $3.8 billion.

 Studies have shown that every $1 invested in urban trees results in $2 to $4 in benefits, including lowered energy costs, reduced stormwater flows, improved aesthetics, higher air quality and reduced carbon dioxide concentrations. Trees act as natural pollution filters, removing polluted particulate matter from water and absorbing nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are all common byproducts of human activities. A single front-yard tree can intercept 760 gallons of rainwater in its crown, reducing runoff and flooding on your property.

Sources: U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture


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Tree Planting Grant

We want to help you plant trees! Our Tree Planting Grant helps communities across Michigan plant more trees. Click here for more details.

State Arbor Day Celebration

Roughly 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders and their teachers/chaperones attended this year's Arbor Day Celebration at Potter Park Zoo!

5th Grader Poster Contest

This year we had over 500 5th graders participate in our poster contest (classes voted on top poster and submitted one poster per class). We had 46 fantastic poster contest entries featuring the theme 'Trees for Bees" from all across the state of Michigan! Click here to view this year's entries.


Program Updates:

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) honored ITC Michigan at their headquarters in Novi, MI on Thursday, September 5 for their longtime support of the organization’s programs to promote environmental stewardship and education. State Arbor Day Coordinator Hannah Reynolds, presented ITC with a plaque and framed picture of students who attended the 2019 State Arbor Day Celebration. Click here to read the press release. 

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On Friday, May 31, 2019 MADA and Arbor Brewing Company employees partnered up with the Washtenaw County Parks Commission to plant trees at Meyer Preserve in Ypsilanti, MI. Arbor Brewing is committed to being good stewards of the environment and it shows in the great work they do! 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. a BIG thanks to all the generous support from the beer loving community! Without your support, our efforts to plant trees would not be possible. We look forward to planting more trees with Arbor Brewing this fall, stay tuned for updates!

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On Friday, May, 24, 2019 MADA and MSUFCU employees partnered up with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation to plant 11 trees on the edge of Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.


This funding for this planting was made possible by Michigan State Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). MADA has partnered with MSUFCU for the last several years to plant trees in different parts of the state. MSUFCU has offered their credit union 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. MSUFCU 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: MSUFCU volunteers 

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We are pleased to announce the 2019 MADA Tree Planting Grant Recipients! This year MADA has awarded the City of Beverly Hills, Kalkaska Conservation District, Court Street Village (Flint, MI), Charter Township of Calumet, and Village of Middleville tree planting grants. A total of 73 trees will be planted across all of these communities. This grant program is made possible by our generous sponsors: Consumer Energy Foundation, ITC and Lansing Board of Water and Light. 

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We are so happy to announce the winners of the 2019 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! The theme was Trees for Bees, and we received over 46 fantastic posters from students all across the state! Like last year, our winners were chosen by popular vote. Congratulations to Fatima Lopez Garcia from Hope Academy of West Michigan for placing first! All entries are posted on our Facebook Page.



1st place- Fatima G.,            2nd place- Ola A.,             3rd place- Michaela E.,   

Academy of West Michigan      Elementary                                       Whitehill Elementary

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 The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance  partnered up with Arbor Brewing Company for the month of April to help raise money for tree plantings near wetlands, lakes and rivers! Arbor Brewing has raised money through the sale of their Treebeard IPA and donated to MADA! Trees help naturally filter our water, and we know that clean water = clean beer! We will be planting the trees and shrubs in a wetland area this spring!

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Our 2019 Arbor Day event was held at Potter Park Zoo on April 26th! 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders and their teachers/chaperones attended this year's event. If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher in Michigan and would like to attend our FREE field trip next year, check our "Arbor Day Celebration" page in January for how to apply. Save the date for 2020 Arbor Day: April 24, 2020.

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Our 2019 Tree Planting Grant cycle is now closed.  Applications were due by mail no later than April 30, 2019. 2020 grant cycle will open up in February/March next year.

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We Won! 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. 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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What have we been up to lately? Curious as to how many students came to Arbor Day? Who presented at the Celebration? Which fifth graders won the poster contest? What communities were awarded the MADA Tree Planting Grant? And why do we love trees?!? We are officially into fiscal year 2019 (October 1 to September 31), so take a look at our Year in Review Report for 2018! We will post the 2019 review in the winter, so check back soon! 

Check out the 2017 Year in Review report!

Check out the 2016 Year in Review report!

Check out the 2015 Year in Review report!

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