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Volunteers plant 500 trees to celebrate Arbor Day in Flint

Flint, Michigan – On Arbor Day, April 26, a group of volunteers including members from the Genesee Conservation District, the City of Flint, Consumers Energy, Carman-Ainsworth High School, Delta Kappa Gamma Mu Chapter, and a homeschool youth group, came together to plant 500 young trees at Broome Park. This year, Flint was recognized for the 24th time as a Tree City, a title earned through its collaboration with the Genesee Conservation District which oversees about 26,000 trees across city parks, traffic islands, and various public spaces.

On Arbor Day, April 26, a group of volunteers came together to plant 500 young trees at Broome Park in Flint
Credit: City of Flint

Flint’s Mayor Sheldon Neeley marked the occasion by declaring April 26 as Arbor Day in the city. He emphasized the crucial role of trees in fighting climate change through erosion control, air purification, temperature regulation, and oxygen production.

“I want to thank all the volunteers who came together to celebrate trees in Broome Park today,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “The City of Flint is committed to park equity, and we are investing in parks and community centers citywide, so that all Flint residents have safe, beautiful places for recreation, just like Broome Park. Planting these seedlings is an investment in Flint’s future, assuring that future generations will enjoy the benefits of trees for our climate and our community.”

On Arbor Day, April 26, a group of volunteers came together to plant 500 young trees at Broome Park in Flint
Credit: City of Flint

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees in urban areas have many community benefits, including:

  • Trees help absorb the sounds of traffic in urban areas by 40%.
  • Neighborhoods with trees are seven to nine degrees cooler than those without.
  • Trees reduce energy costs up to 25% by shading buildings and protecting them from winter winds.
  • Homes with trees have higher property values.
  • Green space plays a major role in improving mental and physical health.
  • Planting and maintaining trees absorbs carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, mitigating the effects of climate change.

“On behalf of the Board and Staff of Genesee Conservation District, I wish to express gratitude to all the volunteers that helped us plant 500 trees this morning in Broome Park,” Angela Warren, Executive Director of the Genesee Conservation District said. “Congratulations to the City of Flint for continuing its commitment to trees and for 24 years as a Tree City USA. Happy Arbor Day!”

On Arbor Day, April 26, a group of volunteers came together to plant 500 young trees at Broome Park in Flint
Credit: City of Flint

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