Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' Urban
Forest Project Coordinator, Lee Mueller, received national
recognition in November from the
Alliance for Community
Trees, a national nonprofit urban forestry organization. Lee
received a travel scholarship donated by
Bartlett Tree Experts
to help attend the annual national conference of urban and community
forestry leaders in Sacramento, CA, This November.
attended both the Alliance for Community Trees Membership Day and
Partners in Community Forestry National
Conference, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation. This yearly,
national conference highlights innovative approaches to urban
forestry and presents an opportunity to converse with organizations
from around the United States. Lee was able to meet with other
Michigan forestry representatives discover unique approaches to
urban forestry across the nation, and network with a wide array of
non-profit and industry professionals.
Of particular interest were Sacramento's use of blue trees to
highlight the importance of protecting trees as urban assets,
displays of new technologies for urban forest management, and
collaborations across the country with utilities to promote
reforestation on private lands. Lee will be using some of these
examples to further bolster urban forestry programs here in Grand
Rapids. His attendance was just another way the
Friends of Grand
Rapids Parks is taking the
Rapids Urban Forest Project to the
Photo Caption: Lee Mueller talks with
Margaret Studer - Genesee Conservation District, Kevin Sayers - MI
DNR, Dean Hay- Greening of Detroit at the Partners in Community
||Hopefully this unseasonably warm
weather still has you thinking about parks. This is
a critical time of year for the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
to raise the funds needed to sustain and advance our mission to protect,
enhance and expand parks and public spaces in our city.
We depend on the generosity of local volunteers,
contractors, donors, foundations, and corporations to fund what it
takes to plant trees, plan new parks, complete park projects,
conduct workshops, and organize events. We couldn't do it without
great partners, and
each new and renewing Friend helps us make a positive impact
in our community for parks, trees and green space in 2013! So please become or renew as a Friend today.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
is also currently raising funds to match a $30,000 challenge grant from the Steelcase
Foundation for our the neighborhood sponsorship and volunteer
Each Parks Alive corporate or business sponsor will
have their sponsorship matched 1:1 until January 10th, 2013.
Learn more about how each dollar your company contributes to a new park
improvement, it will generate another dollar to support the
program's volunteer engagement, park
improvement and community education efforts.
Please contact Steve Faber at 616-821-8006 or
for additional donation or sponsorship information.
There are two simple ways to give -
click here or the donate button above to give online, or mail a
check to Friends of GR Parks, po box 3199, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, so
contributions are tax deductible.