Trees, Trees, and More Trees!

MADA GIF

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact Information:                                                                                               

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                      Phone:  (517) 543-5848 x 5

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                             Email:   miarborday@gmail.com

Eaton Conservation District                          Website:   http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                                  Sent:    5-20-13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  On or after 5-20-13

 

New Trees for Harrison Meadows Park

EAST LANSING – In partnership with Michigan State Federal Credit Union, on May 15 the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance planted 55 trees in East Lansing!  Thanks to the help of volunteers from Michigan State Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the City of East Lansing, the trees were successfully planted in Harrison Meadows Park.  Due to an underground construction project, much of the central area of this park has been cleared of trees and vegetation of any kind.  Constant battles against invasive buckthorn have also taken their toll on the area.  This planting is part of an ongoing restoration and replanting effort and follows two tree plantings and one wildflower seeding completed last year.

This program is made possible by MSUFCU’s Go Green Challenge campaign. MSUFCU challenged its members to switch from paperless to e-statements.  In return MSUFCU provided $2,000 to plant trees in the Greater Lansing Area.  To date MSUFCU and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance have planted 535 trees in the City of East Lansing.  Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank MSUFCU for sponsoring the Go Green Challenge and the City of East Lansing for becoming a Go Green partner.

Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.  Studies have shown that trees enhance community economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists people linger and shop longer along tree-lined streets, apartments and offices in wooded areas rent more quickly and have higher occupancy rates, and businesses leasing office spaces in developments with trees find their workers are more productive and absenteeism is reduced.  These are just a few of the benefits trees provide to communities.

 

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Photos from the tree planting.  To see more from this event as well as others, visit our website.

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