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We're Incorporated

Beautify Pullman became incorporated in the State of Michigan on October 13, 2020. Charitable Solicitation Approval was received from the Office of the Attorney General on October 16, 2020.

We're a 501(c)(3)

Beautify Pullman received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS on December 12, 2020.

Community Beautification Lifts Spirits and More

Did you know that beauty is among the top three most influential factors in community attachment? Beautify Pullman is working hard inspire community spirit through beautification. You can read more about the benefits of community beautification and some interesting opportunities for beautification in this article.

Beautify Pullman featured in the Holland Sentinel, March 18, 2021

 

 

 

Beautify Pullman presents to the Lee Township Board April 12, 2021

On Monday, April 12th, Beautify Pullman made a presentation of its accomplishments and Plans to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Pullman Parks Initiative 

On Monday, September 13, 2021, Beautify Pullman made a presented a plan to improve Pullman's parks to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Feb 23, 2022 - Beautify Pullman Awarded $100,000 Grant

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Updated: Jan 7




Flowers, Fruit and Fall Colors - Sugar Maple in the fall, Serviceberry, Flowering Dogwood


Contributed by Christopher Hart


Trees are likely not the first thing that come to mind when you think of Pullman. However, there is an association there to be explored. When you look at the surrounding area, what do you see? Trees! Upper and Lower Scott Lakes are lined with properties that still contain some very old oaks. Then, you look north and there is the Allegan State Game Area. This is a well known game area because of the size and scale of forested land. When you head east down 109th, take a notice to both sides of the road. You will see nothing but forests dotted with homes for miles! Certainly, Pullman and Lee Township were built with wood sourced from local trees. Imagine some of that lumber making it's way onto trains and out of the area to help build communities elsewhere over a century ago.


The local trees are impressive for diversity. Two evergreen species are mingled together, commonly, all around Pullman. We have the Eastern Red Cedar with it's varying width from columnar to widely pyramidal and small purple cones, and of course, towering White Pines. Both are loved by Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Chickadees, and Robins. Having these two kinds of trees provide permanent shelter for wildflife and a wonderful green backdrop to all seasons. April and May are the glory of spring flowering trees. Locally, you can see plenty of Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, and Serviceberry. These early flowering trees all have other benefits. The flowers are important pollen and nectar sources for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. As summer heightens, the heart shaped leaves of Redbud look great drooping from branches, and Serviceberry will be ripening edible fruits that resemble blueberries. They are sweet and good for pies and jams! Birds nest on branches, as well as, in cavities of maples, oaks, and sycamores. The old growth trees around the lakes are so important for that needed shelter. Lastly, in autumn, you can expect dogwoods to turn deep burgundy with bright red berries. Redbud changes to a soft greenish-yellow, and Serviceberry becomes flame orange. So the benefits are to wildlife, but also to humans through the aesthetic beauty!


The diversity doesn't end there. With so many different elevations around Lee Township, you can appreciate that there are species for all conditions. In the low, wet areas, we find plentiful Black Gum, Spicebush, Speckled Alder, Pussy Willow, and the shrub Winterberry holly. Again, these all have flowers, fruit, and fall color of their own. It is January 2023, the Winterberry are currently showing off their red fruit. Now you know what that is out there in the ditches. There is drier, upland areas too. Here we find the oaks, aspens, maples, dogwoods, cherry, Beech, and Tuliptrees. You may begin to notice the difference in species as you explore the river walk, state game area, or any of the other numerous natural settings near you in Pullman. The drive down to the Country Living whole food store is beautiful in every season.

To summarize, the aesthetic appeal of local trees is as important as the food and shelter they provide to wildlife. When we think about trees, we should remember the flowers, fruit, fall color, and natural architecture that is loved by wildlife, should also be appreciated and loved by us as well. Keep this in mind as you notice spring awakening. Look at those amazing trees, and appreciate that they are so much more than just shade.

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We've all noted the loss of our beautiful trees in the four corner area with sorrow. Many of you have reached out to Beautify Pullman to see if we might work together to replace these trees. We want to try! Working with owners of the affected properties and supporters like you, we hope to succeed.


First, some history about our little town: the four corners area is part of a plat called Taylor's first addition. George K. Taylor, a Pullman businessman with shares in many early local businesses, had this property subdivided and sold each lot with an established tree on it. Some of the recently removed trees are believed to be over 100 years old, a very valuable part of our heritage.


The reason for their removal is, hopefully, progress. The Road Commission has received a grant to widen the streets and add turn lanes, crosswalks, curbs and improved drainage at the intersection of 56th Street and 109th Avenue. These are all worthy goals.


Still, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, "Healthy trees are key to the health of some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They support wildlife and aquatic life by providing habitat and keep our waterways healthy. Trees help us by providing clean sources of drinking water, buffers against extreme weather, provide medicines, offer outdoor recreation and enrich human culture."


The benefits of trees in our community cannot be overstated. Leaves filter the air we breathe, give beauty to the landscape, provide homes to our feathered friends and fruits and nuts for us to eat.


Beautify Pullman will place donation jars in local businesses, accept donations and work with local landowners to replace what we have lost. The help you provide is, as always, deeply appreciated.

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