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2022 Floodplain Tree Plantings

UPDATE: due to supply chain issues, the weed mat installations will be postponed until Spring ’23

We need your help installing 5,500 tree weed mats! What better way to end the season than by helping these newly planting tree saplings in the Lower Rouge River floodplain. Support this great project by planting native trees along the river. You can make a difference and restore native habitat to support wildlife, reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality within the area by reforesting approximately 75 acres of floodplain between Merriman Rd and John Daly St, beginning in Inkster Park.

We will provide an enjoyable hands-on opportunity. No prior experience is necessary. This amazing work to improve the health of the watershed is possible by you. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather conditions. Layering clothing is recommended. Please a refillable water bottle if you have one. Large jugs of water will be available on site.

This map shows the section of the Lower Rouge River floodplain area that we will be working on. The locations for each project date may vary- be sure to register ahead of time to get updates on where to meet.

The Lower Rouge Reforestation Project is being completed under contract to the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC) in partnership with Wayne County Parks.  The project is funded through a larger $4,222,090 US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Grant GL – 00E02896 to the ARC

Project Partners

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