The Mayor’s Greening Initiative is a partnership with the Mayor’s office, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City’s Forestry Department as a way to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal.
Together, since 2016, we have
– Planted over 1,400 trees in the city of Grand Rapids
– Brought together 1,800 volunteers
– Gave away 1,200 saplings to elementary school children to ignite their passion for nature
However, our work is not done. In 2017 we had to remove 1,500 dead, dying, or diseased trees that were a dangerous hazard to our community. You can find more information about this project here. While removing these trees was a necessity for the safety of the community, it does leave a gap in our City’s tree canopy. Through the Mayor’s Greening Initiative, the City’s tree planting efforts, and other Friends of Grand Rapids Parks tree plantings, we are steadily making strides towards the City’s tree canopy goal of 40%. We hope we can count on your partnership and support for the Mayor’s Greening Initiative as well as for future opportunities to help us reach our canopy goal.