New Trees for Southeast Michigan

Several locations along state highways in Southeast Michigan will be looking greener this spring thanks in part to a large tree planting project, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Northern Research Station, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with The Greening of Detroit and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to complete the second phase of a major Southeast Michigan tree planting project. 

The grant of $200,000 is being administered by the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program and is focused on job creation through tree planting while also stimulating the local economy and enhancing the area’s critical green infrastructure. Ash trees throughout Southeast Michigan have been decimated in recent years, as a result of the emerald ash borer (EAB).  

The first phase of the project was completed last fall in several of MDOT’s metro region areas. Three hundred forty-four trees were planted in the medians of Telegraph Road, Woodward Avenue and Vernier Road. The Greening of Detroit worked with the DNR and MDOT officials on each of the targeted sites, selecting diverse species of shade and ornamental trees.

The second phase of this project will involve the planting of 331 trees this spring. One hundred eighty of these trees have already been planted along the I-94 and Rawsonville Road and US-23 and Plymouth Road Cloverleaf interchanges. The project will conclude in May with 151 additional trees being planted in Ann Arbor along the MDOT trunklines of Jackson Road, Huron Street and Washtenaw Avenue.

The project will also be assisted this spring with additional support provided by the City of Ann Arbor, which will provide equipment, technical assistance and ongoing maintenance of the trees. “We are excited to partner with the USFS, The Greening of Detroit, MDOT and the DNR on this roadway enhancement and workforce training project,” said Kerry Gray, urban forest and natural resource planner with the City of Ann Arbor.

In addition to reforesting some of metro Detroit’s busiest thoroughfares, this project has served as a learning opportunity for trainees in The Greening of Detroit’s Workforce Development Program. Through this project, 17 planting specialists have been trained and employed. “By forming a partnership between state, federal and city agencies, we have been able to create a project that maximizes benefits to southeast Michigan’s environment while preparing a new workforce for entry into the green industry,” added Rebecca Salminen-Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to


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