A Watershed Moment: Grand Rapids’ Urban Forest Canopy

On the October 4th episode, we hear from Steve Faber, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, as he discusses our city’s urban forest canopy.

A city’s forest canopy, or the amount of trees, provides many benefits for the residents, including fresh oxygen and shade.

The Green Grand Rapids plan includes a goal of a 40% canopy. Currently, there are some areas that are close to that goal, but some neighborhoods are far from it. Downtown Grand Rapids, for instance, is only at 6%.

National NeighborWoods Month is the annual October celebration of trees in our communities and is part of the national NeighborWoods initiative to re-green North American cities from coast to coast. NeighborWoods is a program of Alliance for Community Trees, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will be partnering with the City’s Urban Forestry Committee to offer events that raise awareness about local tree resources and issues. Examining best practices of other cities can help Grand Rapids learn to adopt new methods of increasing our forest canopy.

Please visit their website to learn more about Neighborwoods month, events planned for October, and volunteer opportunities.

Listen to the full interview here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media  Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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