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Map of the Tree Planting Locations for the Iron Belle Trail in Southwest Detroit

Iron Belle Tree Plantings in Southwest Detroit

Three hundred trees are being planted in Southwest Detroit to improve environmental and living conditions within a degraded area of the Rouge River watershed. The plantings will stretch from Detroit’s Patton Park to the newly renovated Kemeny Park and roughly follow the route of the Iron Belle Trail, a statewide trail that will connect Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. The project connects two economically challenged neighborhoods, Springwells Village and Boynton, long separated by heavy industry, and includes over 500 acres on both sides of the Rouge River. The three hundred trees will help avoid 17,700 gallons of runoff into the Rouge River and improve air quality.

The project is being supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the United States Forest Service. The grant is being managed by Southwest Detroit Business Association (SWDBA), the project led by Professional Engineering Associates, Inc., and the public outreach coordinated by Friends of the Rouge.USDA United States Forest Service logo

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The trees will be planted in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. Native trees will be used when possible. Some non-native hardy trees that can survive the poor air quality of the area will also be included.

Mature tree in Kemeny Park, view facing northeast

Mature tree in Kemeny Park, view facing northeast

List

  • Red Maple
  • Green Mountain Sugar Maple
  • American basswood
  • Encore Landon Planetree
  • Red Oak
  • Valley Forge Elm
  • Tulip tree
  • Princeton Elm
  • Washington Hawthorn
  • Black Locust
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Common Hackberry
  • Eastern White Pine

For more information, contact Theresa Zajac at SWDBA, theresaz@southwestdetroit.com(313) 842-0986.

Citizen forester Elaine Piotrowski works to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Citizen forester Elaine Piotrowski works to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Citizen forester Elaine Piotrowski works to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Citizen forester Lindsey Schad removes wire from tree she and Peggy Harp are planting  in Patton Park, view facing northeast towards Woodmere Street
Citizen forester Lindsey Schad removes wire from tree she and Peggy Harp are planting in Patton Park, view facing northeast towards Woodmere Street
Citizen forester Lindsey Schad removes wire from tree she and Peggy Harp are planting  in Patton Park, view facing northeast towards Woodmere Street
Citizen foresters George Gomez and Lori Fagan unwrap a red oak they will plant in Patton Park, view facing west towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters George Gomez and Lori Fagan unwrap a red oak they will plant in Patton Park, view facing west towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters George Gomez and Lori Fagan unwrap a red oak they will plant in Patton Park, view facing west towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp dig a tree hole in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp dig a tree hole in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp dig a tree hole in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp plant a Green Mountain Sugar Maple in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp plant a Green Mountain Sugar Maple in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Lindsey Schad and Peggy Harp plant a Green Mountain Sugar Maple in Patton Park, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Parker Jean, Lori Fagan and George Gomez work together to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Parker Jean, Lori Fagan and George Gomez work together to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Citizen foresters Parker Jean, Lori Fagan and George Gomez work together to plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit Community Forester Drew Decker brings soil for the tree planting in Patton Park, view facing southwest
Greening of Detroit Community Forester Drew Decker bring soil for the tree planting in Patton Park, view facing southwest
Greening of Detroit Community Forester Drew Decker brings soil for the tree planting in Patton Park, view facing southwest
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin and citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Bierna plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin and citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Bierna plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin and citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Bierna plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin (left, yellow hood) digs a tree hole with citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Biernat, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin (left, yellow hood) digs a tree hole with citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Biernat, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employee Ayatallah el Amin (left, yellow hood) digs a tree hole with citizen foresters Ellen Beeman and Mollika Biernat, view facing northwest towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employees Chris Berry and Melvin Banks plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employees Chris Berry and Melvin Banks plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Greening of Detroit employees Chris Berry and Melvin Banks plant a tree in Patton Park, view facing north towards Dix Avenue
Red oaks awaiting planting in Kemeny Park
Red oaks awaiting planting in Kemeny Park
Red oaks awaiting planting in Kemeny Park
Greening of Detroit staff Melvyn Banks, Ayatallah el Amin, and Frank Anderson plant red oaks on the north side of Detroit’s Kemeny Park, view facing northwest.
Greening of Detroit staff Melvyn Banks, Ayatallah el Amin, and Frank Anderson plant red oaks on the north side of Detroit’s Kemeny Park, view facing northwest.
Greening of Detroit staff Melvyn Banks, Ayatallah el Amin, and Frank Anderson plant red oaks on the north side of Detroit’s Kemeny Park, view facing northwest.

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