Macomb County keeps getting greener

SCS students 2015Today, Green Macomb held a special tree planting at Freedom Hill County Park in honor of Arbor Day. Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and other officials gave remarks, followed by the planting of a cherry tree that was donated by Washington Township-based United Landscape Inc. The tree planting kicked off the first-ever Spring Tree, Shrub and Plant Sale held by Green Macomb in partnership with the Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension.

Young bare-root trees, fruit trees, flowering shrubs, native pollinator wildflower seeds, fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at Freedom Hill today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer planting advice, and soil kits will also be on sale.

Across the county, communities are hosting their own Arbor Day events.

At 1 p.m., the St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works will assist three second-grade classes and the student council in planting four trees at Masonic Heights Elementary School. The school will be presented a proclamation for Arbor Day as well as an Arbor SCS tree city signDay flag. The students have been reading about the importance of trees all week and will get a chance to get their hands dirty, shoveling topsoil and mulch.

At 2 p.m., Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance will host a tree planting at Mae Stecker Park with the Shelby Township Gardeners Club and Beautification Committee.

Sterling Heights held a tree planting April 18 to commemorate their 32nd Tree City USA designation. The Beautification Commission, City Council and mayor planted a tree at City Hall, which was followed by a presentation of the Tree City flag.

Additionally, Chesterfield Township, Fraser, Mount Clemens, Roseville, St. Clair Shores and the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores are also recognized as Tree City USA communities. In receiving this designation, the communities have demonstrated their commitment to quality tree care and sustainable urban forestry management, as certified by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Macomb County, local communities and schools are doing their part to make Macomb County a greener place. How will you celebrate Arbor Day today?

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.

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