Friday, March 6, 2009
It's getting to be a lot like tree planting season
The City of Detroit might not be the first municipality you think of when it comes to trees, but that is changing. The forestry division, which is part of the general services department, is growing its outlook to include replanting the city -- they'd been stuck in a rut for years of removing dead and diseased trees but not planting them.
But now, a three year partnership with the Greening of Detroit is bearing fruit -- more than 1,000 trees will be planted this spring. The plantings are targeted in communities that have block clubs or community development organizations, as volunteers are needed the day the trees are planted and the trees need water their first two seasons.
The partnership works thusly: The city provides funds for the plant materials and Greening, with its two decades of resources at the table, organizes the manpower. It's like the perfect marriage.
The painting is by Byun Shi Ji