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E-M:/ One Hundred One Michigan Communities Now Certified as a 'Tree City'

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Contacts: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632, Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
One Hundred One Michigan Communities
Now Certified as a 'Tree City'

State Department of Natural Resources officials today announced that 101 Michigan communities achieved Tree City USA designation in 2004.

Since the program began in 1976, Michigan has seen a steady increase in the number of communities certified as a Tree City, and seven new communities joined the list in 2004, including Boyne City, Frankfort, Franklin, Grosse Pointe Shores, Shelby Township, Vassar and Warren, allowing Michigan to reach this important milestone for the first time. Michigan now ranks 10th among all states in total number of communities certified under the program. 

"This honor is an important recognition of the efforts made by Michigan communities to promote and manage their local forest resources," said Lynne Boyd, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management chief. "It is especially encouraging to see the sustained investment communities are making in their tree programs during these tough economic times."

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, and recognizes communities that have demonstrated a commitment to proper tree care and management. To qualify, communities must have a tree advisory board or department, invest at least $2 per resident in forestry programs, adopt a tree ordinance and hold an annual Arbor Day celebration.  

For 2004, the DNR also certified three Michigan utilities through the Tree Line USA program. This program encourages utility companies to offer tree care education programs and sponsor tree planting events. This year's awardees included DTE Energy, the Lansing Board of Water and Light, and the Upper Peninsula Power Company.

The complete list of communities certified as a Tree City for 2004 appears below. For more information about these programs, contact Kevin Sayers at (517) 241-4632; e-mail sayersk@michigan.gov, or visit the Urban and Community Forestry page on the DNR Web site at www.mi.gov/dnrucf.



City of Adrian	City of Lathrup Village
City of Albion	City of Livonia
City of Allegan	City of Marquette
City of Alma	City of Marshall
City of Alpena	City of Marysville
City of Ann Arbor	City of Mason
City of Auburn Hills	City of Monroe
City of Battle Creek	City of Morenci
City of Bay City	City of Montague
City of Belding	City of Mount Clemens
City of Berkley	City of Muskegon
City of Big Rapids	City of Northville
City of Birmingham	City of Novi
City of Boyne City (NEW)	City of Oak Park
City of Brighton	City of Plainwell
City of Buchanan	City of Port Huron
City of Cadillac	City of Portage
City of Charlevoix	City of Portland
City of Charlotte	City of Rochester Hills
City of Clawson	City of Roseville
City of Davison	City of Royal Oak
City of Dearborn	City of Saline
City of Dearborn Heights	City of South Haven
City of Detroit	City of South Lyon
City of Dewitt	City of Southfield
City of East Grand Rapids	City of Southgate
City of East Lansing	City of St. Clair
City of Escanaba	City of St. Clair Shores
City of Evart	City of Sterling Heights
City of Ferndale	City of Sturgis
City of Frankenmuth	City of Taylor
City of Frankfort (NEW)	City of Tecumseh
City of Fraser	City of Traverse City
City of Fremont	City of Trenton
City of Gaylord	City of Troy
City of Grand Haven	City of Vassar (NEW)
City of Grosse Pointe	City of Warren (NEW)
City of Grosse Pointe Park	City of Wayne
City of Grosse Pointe Farms	
City of Grosse Pointe Shores (NEW)	City of Whitehall
City of Grosse Pointe Woods	City of Ypsilanti
City of Hillsdale	City of Zeeland
City of Holland	Township of Shelby (NEW)
City of Howell	Village of Caledonia
City of Huntington Woods	Village of Franklin (NEW)
City of Imlay City	Village of Holly
City of Ionia	Village of Lake Odessa
City of Jackson	Village of Mackinaw City
City of Kalamazoo	Village of Milford
City of Lansing	Village of Richland
City of Lapeer	Village of Spring Lake

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