Go Zero At Rouge Park, Detroit Tree Planting
Rouge River flows for miles through the Detroit metro area. Photo by Angela Anderson.
At A Glance
- Initial planting of over 1,600 trees.
- 2 mile of the River Rouge runs through the park.
- Our efforts include support of local green entrepreneurs.
Did You Know?
Rouge Park is more than 1,100 acres. That makes it 40% larger than New York City's Central Park!
Rouge Park, with two miles of the River Rouge running through it, is an urban restoration project. Established in 1920, the park is 40 percent larger than Central Park encompassing more than 1,100 acres of mostly undeveloped land. Rouge Park is the only remaining riparian forest in Detroit and is home to a variety of wildlife and native prairieland. The Rouge River runs through this Detroit park and then flows through the downstream communities, including Dearborn, until finally flows into the Detroit River.
Restoration activities in Detroit are complemented by the new Growing Detroit’s Green Economy Fund, established by U-Haul and The Conservation Fund, to provide small grants to microenterprises and organizations whose business models are directly tied to the sustainable use of natural resources (with a preference for urban agriculture, community gardens, and urban forestry).
While the tree planting activities at Rouge Park are for habitat purposes only (it’s too small to be a validated carbon project), the EPA estimates one tree can absorb approximately one metric ton of carbon over its lifetime. This means that 1,600 trees planted in Rouge Park can sequester 1,600 metric tons of CO2 as they mature. This is similar to the emissions resulting from 300 vehicles in a year or the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling almost 600 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
Wildlife: The River Rouge growing number of bird species, such as eagles (including reintroduced bald eagles), osprey and peregrine falcon. Fish species in abundance in the area include lake whitefish, sturgeon, silver bass, green bass, salmon, perch and many species of migratory birds—in particular, ducks.
Water: Two miles of the Rouge River runs directly through the park and adjacent to the planting area.
Community: This park contains a golf course, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, tennis courts, bicycle trails, picnic tables, a driving range, an area for camping, and Olympic-sized pools.
Economy: Grants to green entrepreneurs from Growing Detroit’s Green Economy Fund.
Local Partners: CSX, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Friends of the Rouge, Quicken Loans, The Greening of Detroit, U-Haul