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E-M:/ DTE Energy Tree Planting Grants Awarded



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 06 April 2005
Contacts: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632; Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
				
DTE Energy Tree Planting Grants Awarded

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with DTE Energy, today announced grants totaling $75,269 have been awarded to 30 communities for local tree planting projects. The grants include 15 communities in southeast Michigan to replace trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer.

Planting trees is part of DTE Energy's voluntary participation in the US Department of Energy's Global Climate Challenge program. A key benefit that trees provide is carbon sequestration. Through the process of photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose (sugar) and oxygen. DTE Energy funds the grant program as part of its effort to reduce, avoid and sequester carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases associated with climate change.

Since 1995, DTE Energy and the DNR have partnered together on several tree planting projects throughout the state. This program is designed to increase the number of properly planted trees in communities served by DTE Energy and its subsidiaries, and maintain those trees in good condition and health. The USDA Forest Service has commended DTE Energy and the DNR for their creative partnership and leadership in tree planting programs.

For more information or a list of approved grants, contact Kevin Sayers, urban and community forester, at 517-241-4632, or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on Forests, Lands & Water, then go to the Urban and Community Forestry page under Forest Management. 

For information regarding DTE Energy and their participation in the Climate Challenge Program, contact Eileen Dixon at 313-235-9145, or visit their Web site at www.dteenergy.com.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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