Vine Volunteer Program

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Volunteer Training for Invasive Species Control in Kentwood Parks

If you’re passionate about protecting and improving the tree canopy in our community, you can help make a difference by volunteering to help tackle vines harming trees in Kentwood.  

Vines can cause problems when they grow up into the canopy and cover a tree’s foliage, starving it for sunlight. They can also cling to and strangle trees, inhibiting their ability to transport nutrients down to the roots, and also trapping moisture which can increase the risk of tree diseases. 

The City has partnered with the Kent Conservation District Invasive Species Strike Team to train community members on how to identify and control aggressive and harmful weeds. The City hosted five training sessions at the end of September along with a work day in Northeast Park on Oct. 10, and hopes to host more trainings and events in other parks in the future. 

A signed waiver is needed to participate in events, which staff will have available on-site for people to fill out. Participants also have the option to submit the wavier online in advance or use this fillable PDF to send over email or bring in person. Waviers and questions may be directed to Public Works Supervisor Jim Wolford at wolfordj@kentwood.us, 616.554.0817. 

Trained residents have the option to do self-directed work as long as they communicate with the Department of Public Works on where and when the work was completed, so staff can follow up if necessary. 

Thanks for doing your part to support healthy trees in our community.

Banner photo by: Max Williamson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org