Students from two schools in Grand Rapids planted more than 40 trees to contribute to Grand Rapids' "vital urban forest."

Students from Union High School and Westwood Middle School planted 48 trees on campus Friday, April 14. The planting is part of the "Planting for Our Future" project to contribute to the City's tree canopy goals.

Grand Rapids made a 40-percent tree canopy goal in 2011 to build on it's urban forest. Currently, the City has an estimated 30-percent tree cover. The City Forestry Department is working hard to ensure the goal is met, but a large portion of the trees needed will now have to be planted and maintained on private lands.

Planting for Our Future seeks to raise awareness and understanding of urban forest issue and make contributions to the CIty's forest. As part of the project, teachers and school administrators receive funding, technical assistance and trees.

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says that GRPS "is excited to play an important role" in reaching City goals and furthering the future of not only students, but for Grand Rapids' as well.

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