Isabella County, Michigan

Reforesting Mount Pleasant and Isabella County

Trees NOW Isabella is operating as a Project Partner of the United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties.

Our first planting, was at Fancher School on October 17, 2020.

The planting of 15 large trees (valued at $4,500) was funded by the DTE Foundation in collaboration with ReLeaf Michigan and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (MPPS).

ReLeaf logo

You can read the story and view photos here.

When I Am Among the Trees

by Mary Oliver,

When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

From numerous studies we know that there are many economic and health benefits to dramatically increasing the population of trees in both urban and rural environments; see for example: Alliance for Community Trees documentation at

Also, there is little doubt that increased carbon capture is another benefit of planting more trees in a habitat that was originally forested. Nia Becker (District Forester of Clare-Gladwin) recently calculated for us that the tree canopy in Mount Pleasant is no more than around 22% – a huge reduction from when the city was first settled.

oak tree picture

Trees NOW Isabella was co-founded by

James H. Hageman, PhD
Central Michigan University VP Res./Graduate Dean, Retired
Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University


David Alm, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Biology
Central Michigan University

Gift & Get Trees!
We have Gift catalogs for all seasons
& Programs to find & fund trees


We are operating as a Project Partner of United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties.


  1. Go to: (our page on the website for United Way)
  2. Click on the “Donate“ button


Make a pledge by sending a text message:

Text TREESNOW to 91999

Document Resources
Synopses and web links or attachments that you can download

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Contact Information

Trees NOW Isabella is in the early, formation stage.

For now, the single contact point is our email address: