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.

 

Tree Seedling Giveaway!

HAPPY ARBOR DAY! �� We are excited to announce that we will be giving away FREE tree seedlings to Lansing area residents on Sunday, May 17th from 1-3 PM in the Woldumar Nature Center (5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI) parking lot. Some of the seedlings we will have available are Black Gum, Chinkapin Oak, Hazelnut, Red Maple, White Pine and White Spruce. We will have a white canopy tent set up and will be giving away a seedling to each vehicle as this will be a drive through set up. We will be giving away seedlings until we run out. Please note staff will be following all safety procedures outlined by our health officials.

Please 'SHARE' this event on our Facebook Page to help spread the word!

Go to https://www.miarbordayalliance.org/tree-planting-tips.html for planting tips and how to videos. Also, be sure to call 811 (MISS DIG) to get underground utility lines, wires and cables marked a few days before you plan on planting your tree - the service is free! So, before you dig, know what's below.

 

NOTICE: 

As many of you know, on Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer instituted Executive Order No. 2020-21, which states that to suppress the spread of COVID-19, and to prevent overwhelming hospitals, residents are being directed to shelter in place and only leave their homes for essentials (medical supplies, food, banking services, etc.).
 
Our organization has experienced a range of challenges associated with COVID-19. Based on this new information from the state, and the latest information from the CDC regarding events held 8 weeks out, we have decided to postpone our upcoming events.
 
These include:
 
The State Arbor Day Celebration, scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020.
 
Arbor Fest, scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020.
 
We continue to closely evaluate information as we receive it and will share with you moving forward. Please check our events page for the latest updates regarding our postponed events. We will also send out information through our monthly E-newsletters. If you are not yet subscribed, please email miarborday@gmail.com to be added to our listserve.
 
In lieu of our programming, we look forward to engaging with you on social media. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our blog.
 

While we are saddened to postpone our events, we understand the severity of this situation and want to ensure the health and safety of all. Thank you for supporting the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance during these challenging times. Due to concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance staff will be working from home during this time until further notice. If you need to get a hold of the Program Coordinator, please email miarborday@gmail.com

MADA is working to provide additional resources students can access at home during this time. Please go here for natural resource themed activities. We're encouraging students to use this time wisely and to spend it learning more about trees and other natural resources. 

The Value of the Urban Forest

 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

 

A Year in Review

Curious what MADA has been up to? Check out our 2019 Year in Review for a summary of all we have accomplished in 2019. In 2020, we look forward to continuing our education and outreach on the importance of trees, as well as increase our tree plantings across the state. Scroll to the bottom to view past years reports.

 

Would you like to receive our monthly e-Newsletter to stay in the loop? Shoot an email to miarborday@gmail.com to be added to our list. Let us know if you would like to receive our Educator e-News, the MADA Tree News, or both. We send a newsletter out once a month. 

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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. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

State Arbor Day Celebration

Due to Coronavirus concerns, we have decided to postpone our Arbor Day celebration. We are hoping to reschedule for later this year. We will keep you updated with our organization's plans in the coming weeks as we learn more information. 

5th Grader Poster Contest

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is excited to present the poster entries for our statewide 5th Grade Poster Contest! This year, students were asked to illustrate the theme "Forests for Fish". We sure did get a lot of great entries this year! Below is our first place winner's poster! Congrats to Blake T. from Kingsford, MI! 

 

Program Updates:

We are saddened to announce that we have decided to postpone our 25th Annual State Arbor Day Celebration and Arbor Fest due to COVID-19 concerns. The health and safety of the public is our top priority right now. We are hoping to reschedule our Arbor Day events for later this year. Please stay tuned for additional updates!

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We are excited to announce the 2019-2020 5th grade Poster Contest winners! This year, students were asked to demonstrate the theme "Forests for Fish". We had a lot of great entries from all across the state! Congrats to our winners: Blake, Chloe and Jake!

1st place: Blake T., Kingsford, MI

   2nd place: Chloe M., Muskegon, MI   

3rd place: Jake L., Kingsford, MI

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We have a brand new sponsorship form! If you would like to donate to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, please check out our sponsorship form for more details. We have three unique sponsorship opportunities this year. If you or your organization/business would like to be sponsor, please fill out the last page of the form and mail it with a check (made out to Eaton Conservation District) no later than February 7, 2020. 

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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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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 2020 (October 1 to September 31), so take a look at our 2019 Year in Review report. 

2018 Year in Review  

2017 Year in Review 

2016 Year in Review 

2015 Year in Review 


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