Volunteers add 200 trees to Grand Rapids canopy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids’ Southtown neighborhood is a little greener thanks to around 200 volunteers.

Community members joined Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and volunteers from Friends of Grand Rapids Parks on Friday and Saturday to plant 200 trees and give away 50 more. The event is part of Bliss’ greening initiative to plant 10,000 trees over the next few years and increase Grand Rapids’ urban canopy to 40%.

According to Stacy Bare, chief executive of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the improvements go beyond more shade.

“There are many real economic benefits to people who have trees, but the real benefit that we’re seeing is just greater emotional health and mental health,” she said.

According to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, there are approximately 30,000 vacant tree spots in Grand Rapids.

For more information on the Greening Initiative, see www.friendsofgrparks.org.

https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/volunteers-add-200-trees-to-grand-rapids-canopy/ Volunteers add 200 trees to Grand Rapids canopy

Dais Johnston

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