pests http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids puts a price tag on city trees http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-puts-price-tag-city-trees <p>The City of Grand Rapids is working to revive its urban forest. <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=505">Lindsey Smith visited the committee</a> in charge of the effort to find out how things are going.</p><p>Three things to know about trees in Grand Rapids:</p><ol><li>The committee values the 61,000 trees within the city’s boundaries at $71 million.&nbsp; (How'd they get that number?&nbsp; It's based on the benefits trees provide: capturing storm water runoff, increasing property values, improving air quality and reducing heating and cooling costs for nearby buildings.)</li><li>In 2010, more than 1,500 trees were planted in Grand Rapids.</li><li>This year they’re working to add a wider variety of native trees - to better protect the urban forest from new pests and disease.&nbsp; (i.e. things like the uber-destructive emerald ash borer)</li></ol><p>Lindsey talked with Dottie Clune, the committee chair.&nbsp; She says the importance of trees is often overlooked - especially these days with tight city budgets.</p><blockquote><p>“We know that for every dollar we spent on the municipal urban forestry program we received $3.60 in benefits. That’s a pretty good return on investment.”</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm"> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:33:20 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1238 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids puts a price tag on city trees Will returning college students amplify bed bug problem? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-returning-college-students-amplify-bed-bug-problem <p><span class="article-content"><span>(by Steve Carmody)</span></span></p> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:22:55 +0000 Mark Brush 41 at http://michiganradio.org Will returning college students amplify bed bug problem?