Group of volunteers plant dozens of trees at Harrison Township Park

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – A group of community officials and volunteers working to improve the environment planted 54 trees in Harrison Township on Friday.

The group of more than two dozen people planted trees in Jefferson Spillway Park in the face of the rain and cold winds. The trees are intended to help with storm management and water quality by reducing carbon dioxide and increasing shade in the area.

The event was led by a collaboration with the Macomb County Public Works Office, the Detroit Zoological Society, Harrison Township, ReLeaf Michigan and Green Macomb.

“This is a wonderful team effort that improves the environment immediately and for decades to come through green infrastructure, contributing to the quality of life by also making the park more enjoyable for residents and visitors. of the area for generations, ”said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller said.

A variety of trees have been planted including: white swamp oak, triumphal elm, prairie fire crabapple, black locust, Japanese lilac, American hophornbeam, London planetree, Princeton sentinel ginkgo, Redmond lime and emerald arborvitae.

Officials said the Township of Harrison will maintain the trees for the first three years.

“The park itself is the result of partnerships; this is federal land, overseen by the inter-county drainage board and leased to the Township of Harrison for recreational purposes, ”said Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest.

Macomb County Director Mark Hackel said the county is aiming to double its canopy.

The Detroit Zoological Society has pledged to plant 2,000 trees in the Detroit subway.

“We have already made remarkable progress towards this goal. It’s so gratifying to see people give back what deforestation has taken away, ”said Gerry VanAcker, COO of DZS.

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