Harrison Twp. Lakeside park receives dozens of newly planted trees – Macomb Daily

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More than two dozen local government officials and volunteers worked in rainy conditions on Friday to plant dozens of trees in a Harrison Township park as part of an effort to repopulate and improve the county’s greening by Macomb.

The group endured wet weather and a cold wind as they planted 54 trees at Jefferson Spillway Park on Jefferson Avenue in Ballard Street, where the Clinton River Spillway meets Lake St. Clair.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, County Director Mark Hackel, Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest, Green Macomb and ReLeaf Michigan were involved in the planting project.

According to a press release, the project aims to improve the environment as the trees will serve as green infrastructure by improving stormwater management and water quality, reducing carbon dioxide and increasing the canopy.

“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 region for generations, “Miller said in the statement.

Detroit Zoological Society Deputy Director of Development Sabarras George chats with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller and County Director Mark Hackel while planting trees. WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF MACOMB COUNTY

The Detroit Zoological Society is committed to planting 2,000 trees on its campuses and, working with ReLeaf Michigan, in communities across the Detroit metro area, said Gerry VanAcker, COO of DZS.

Hackel said the new trees are having a “big impact” on residents of the county.

“We are aiming to double the tree canopy in Macomb County and are on track to achieve that goal,” he said in the statement.

The variety of trees planted in Jefferson Spillway Park include: white swamp oak, triumphal elm, prairie fire crabapple, black locust, Japanese lilac, American hophornbeam, London planetree, Princeton ginkgo sentinel, Redmond lime and emerald arborvitae.

All new trees will be maintained for the first three years by the Township of Harrison.

Verkest underlined the partnership angle of the project.

“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, ”he said.

The average tree absorbs 48 pounds of carbon dioxide and 1,673 gallons of storm water each year. Some native species provide food and shelter for birds, insects and small mammals.

ReLeaf Michigan is a statewide non-profit tree planting and education organization. In its mission to help Michigan communities increase overall forest cover and maintain their existing urban forest by providing them with access to tree-related resources and education, ReLeaf Michigan has planted over 30,000 trees with volunteers. in over 400 communities across the state since 1988..

Ashley Laux, ReLeaf Michigan Project Forester, added, “Trees provide many benefits to the environment, economy, society and human health, so a tree-planting event is a great way for neighbors. to connect and together create a healthier community.

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