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Why Plant a Tree?

Green Macomb has great resources on the benefits of tree planting. Not only do trees improve health and reduce stress, they also reduce air pollution, help save on energy bills and increase property value. Learn more about all the great ways trees help out not just the community but your own life by visiting Green Macomb's site and browsing their printable posters.

Green Macomb Recommended Tree Species List

Wetland Restoration Improvement Plan

You may know Chief Gene Shepard Park, but do you know how it came to be? The Wetland Restoration Improvement Plan was set up by the township to reclaim the land previously used for Soccer City. After planting 4 different wetland species, the land was under protection from further development. The space has become the park residents can use today with a tennis court, hiking trails, playground and, the newest addition, a Splash Pad for summer fun. 

wetland restoration picture

Parks, Recreation & Maintenance Department

The Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department staff have made it their mission to provide the best out of Shelby Township's community resources with outdoor recreation, organized sports and educational program. Explore the different areas the you can become involved in the community either by hiking a trail, visiting the nature center or adopting an animal.

Check them out here

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

Constructed in 2001 out of 10-inch White Pine logs, this facility is dedicated to the natural preservation of the Shadbush Tract and the education of the public at large. It was renamed in 2005 in honor of longtime educator and Shelby-Utica resident JoAnn Burgess, who has dedicated her life to natural and historical training through her career at Utica Community Schools and countless hours of volunteer efforts thereafter.

Visit the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center here


Historical Committee

Shelby Township has a rich history that the township's Historical Committee has compiled and stored online for the public. Everything from the local stop on the underground railroad to Andrew's Schoolhouse is told with historic pictures and documents. Take a look through the site to learn more about where the township came from and what it used to look like to see how far it's come and how far it can journey further as residents continue preserving the best parts of it.


Michigan State University Extension - Macomb County

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.  For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

For more information about what we offer in the classroom and by request, explore the MSU Extension Catalog of Programs and Services, which features programming in Agriculture, Business & Community, Family, Food & Health, Lawn & Garden, Natural Resources and 4-H & Youth.