Might As Well Plant Trees
On October 29, 2020 we planted over 800 trees along the Rogue River in Rockford, MI with our partners Arbor Brewing Company and Trout Unlimited's Great Lakes Program! The Rogue River Tree Army contributed greatly to these planting efforts and we couldn't have completed the planting without all of the amazing volunteers that came out to plant. These trees were planted to help mitigate stormwater runoff in the area. Trees are natural water filters and also help stabilize the soil, preventing erosion. These trees will make a big difference for the Rogue River watershed. We look forward to continuing this great work with our partners.
Pictured: Top left; MADA staff carrying trees out to planting site along Rogue River, Middle; Kyle Riffel, sales manager at Arbor Brewing digging a hole, Bottom; Kyle Riffel (Arbor Brewing), Jamie Vaughan (Trout Unlimited), and Hannah Reynolds (MADA) with a donation check for the trees.
Later in the year, on September 18 Arbor Brewing and MADA partnered up again to plant twelve large trees near a stormwater pond at Dolph Park in Ann Arbor, MI. Arbor Brewing Company expressed how important it was to them to plant trees in an area that would make a big difference for water quality. All of the stormwater from a local neighborhood flows directly into one of Ann Arbor's sister lakes, which is one of the only natural lakes in the area. In order to protect it, the City of Ann Arbor constructed the stormwater pond as a catch basin to collect and naturally filter the stormwater. Stormwater is defined as water that falls on impervious surfaces like concrete and picks up pollutants like motor oil, trash, cigarette butts, and fertilizers and carries it downstream into a local waterway, not undergoing any sort of filtration. The native plants that were already planted in and around the stormwater pond have helped filter out the pollutants before they drain out into the lake, but the trees planted near the pond will do an even better job at naturally filtering the water because of their extensive root systems.