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.
We're now offering virtual Arbor Day programs for third and fourth grade students in the state of Michigan. Head over to our Arbor Day Celebration page to learn more!
Michigan is a richly forested state, and has 20.3 million acres of forest land. The Upper Peninsula has the most forest land and the Southern Lower Peninsula has the least, but the amount of forest land in Southern Michigan is growing! Facts from the Michigan Forests 2014 report:
- Sugar maple/beech/yellow birch forest type accounts for 19 percent of the State’s forest land
- Aspen type accounts for about 12 percent
- White oak/red oak/hickory 7 percent.
- Balsam fir, red maple, and sugar maple are the three most common species by number of trees
- Every ash species, paper birch, yellow birch, and American beech are experiencing a decline in growth and numbers.
- Non native species such as Emerald Ash Borer, and Beech bark disease are decimating our Ash and Beech trees.
- Michigan’s wood products and paper industries directly employ 34,951 workers with an output of approximatley $10.2 billion annually.
The Value of the Urban Forest
Why 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
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Curious what MADA has been up to? Check out our 2020 Annual Report! You can also check out our 2019 Year in Review for a summary of all we have accomplished in 2019. In 2021, we look forward to continuing our education and outreach on the importance of trees, as well as increase our tree plantings across the state.
Would you like to receive our monthly e-Newsletter to stay in the loop? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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