CONTACT: Cara Boucher, 517-373-1275|
DETROIT EDISON TREE PLANTING PROGRAM GRANTS
NOW AVAILABLE FROM MICHIGAN DNR
LANSING--Detroit Edison, in cooperation with the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources, has established a tree
planting grant program for southeastern Michigan. Detroit
Edison, the principle operating subsidiary of DTE Energy
Co., is providing up to $60,000 for tree planting grants,
which are administered by the DNR Forest Management Division
Urban and Community Forestry Program.
The purpose of this program is to increase the number of
properly planted trees in municipalities and maintain those
trees in good condition and health. It is part of DTE
Energy's voluntary participation in the U.S. Department of
Energy Climate Challenge Program. The USDA Forest Service
has commended Detroit Edison and the DNR for the creative
partnership and leadership of this tree planting program,
which has resulted in more than 13 million trees being
planted over the past three years.
Trees improve environmental quality and quality of life in
the urban, suburban and rural communities where people live.
A key benefit that trees provide is carbon sequestration.
Through photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide and
water (using sunlight), into glucose (sugar) and oxygen.
Detroit Edison is funding the grant program as part of its
effort to reduce carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that
contributes to global warming.
Tree planting grants, up to $4,000 each, are available for
local units of government in Detroit Edison's service area
in the following counties: Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Lenawee,
Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair,
Tuscola, Washtenaw or Wayne.
Grant applications must be postmarked by February 25, 2000,
in order to be given funding consideration. Projects must be
completed by December 31, 2000.
All grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent.
The match may include cash contributions or in-kind
services, but may not include federal funds.
For a grant application and more information, contact the
DNR Forest Management Division Urban and Community Forestry
Program, Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952; 517-373-1275.
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