The City of Traverse City has successfully completed its annual fall tree planting for 2023, adding a total of 191 trees to various locations. The Parks & Recreation Division spearheaded the planting effort, establishing 151 robust trees measuring two inches or larger in caliper and standing at least ten feet tall. These trees were strategically placed in open spaces throughout the city, often in areas where hazardous trees had been removed previously.
Notably, sixteen trees were specifically planted along the Downtown streetscape, carefully chosen for their resilience in harsh urban environments. Species such as the Ivory Silk Tree Lilac and Hackberry were selected to thrive in these conditions. Additionally, a diverse range of species including American Elm, Basswood, Little Leaf Linden, London Plane, Serviceberry, Honey Locust, Tulip tree, and Shagbark Hickory were planted across different parts of the City.
In early fall, an additional 40 conifers, each standing at 5 feet and balled in burlap, found their place at Hickory Hills. This planting was comprised White Pine, Black Hills Spruce, American Larch, and Hemlock, and further contributes to the City's greenery and biodiversity.
Diversifying the urban canopy is crucial for enhancing resilience against climate change by promoting a variety of tree species that can adapt to different environmental conditions and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events.
A diverse urban canopy not only contributes to improved air quality by filtering pollutants, but it also fosters biodiversity, creating habitats for various species and supporting ecological balance within urban environments.
Beyond the environmental benefits, diversifying the urban canopy enhances the aesthetic appeal of the City, promoting a sense of well-being and community, while also addressing social equity by ensuring that the benefits of green spaces are distributed more equally across diverse neighborhoods.
The fall tree planting was budgeted from both the Parks and Recreation Division budget and previously allocated ARPA funds.