Coastal Reforestation Grant
This project will reduce 104,885 gallons of storm water runoff annually that contributes to degraded water quality and will replace native trees impacted by invasive species and tree disease within the Lake Michigan Coastal Zone Management area. The two phase project addresses locations in the City of Muskegon and five State Parks in west Michigan in the first phase of the project. An additional location in Oceana County will be addressed in the second phase. WMSRDC partners include the City of Muskegon and Muskegon Conservation District, as well as, Muskegon, Hoffmaster, Sliver Lake, Charles Mears, and Ludington State Parks. Phase 1 saw the installation of 558 trees in 2018 with an additional 4138 tree seedlings scheduled for installation in 2019.
This project is funded by a grant through the U.S. Forest Service and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Oceana County Tree Planting Grant
In 2019, WMSRDC partnered with the US Forest Service as a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the Delta Institute. Five communities in Oceana County, from Mears to Rothbury and including Hart, Shelby, and New Era, along with the Hart Montague Trail will see trees planted. These plantings will address another 24,900 gallons of storm water runoff and provide land managers with the tools to build capacity within the smaller communities for this type of work. To date, the project has met with the partners for initial buy in and information sharing and planning, hired a forester, developed a planting plan, and identified possible planting locations within the communities and along the Hart Montague Trail. Actual planting will begin in the spring of 2020.
Muskegon River Waterhshed Assembly Tree Planting Grant
This tree planting grant is focused on the Muskegon River Watershed and mitigating storm water runoff. WMSRDC is assisting with the planting of 200 trees are scheduled to be planted in the cities of Roosevelt Park and Fremont and in Dalton and Cedar Creek Townships. Plantings will take place in the spring and fall of 2020.