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E-M:/ DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grants Now Available



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2005

Contacts: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014				

DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grants Now Available

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with DTE Energy Foundation, today announced that applications are available for this year's tree planting grant program. DTE Energy Foundation is providing funds for tree planting grants that are administered by the DNR's Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The purpose of this program is to increase the number and variety of properly planted and maintained trees in communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has commended DTE Energy Foundation and the DNR for the creative partnership and leadership of their tree planting efforts, said DNR Urban Forester Kevin Sayers. The program also reflects DTE Energy's ongoing commitment to assisting communities with the replacement of ash trees lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer.

Sayers noted that trees improve the environmental quality and quality of life in Michigan communities. A key benefit that trees provide is carbon sequestration. Through photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide and water (using sunlight) into glucose and oxygen. Planting trees helps to reduce carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. DTE Energy Foundation is funding the grant program as part of DTE Energy's voluntary participation in the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Climate Challenge Program. 

Eligible applicants include local units of government, nonprofit organizations, and schools within the service territory of DTE Energy's utility subsidiaries: Detroit Edison and MichCon. Eligible projects include tree planting activities on public lands such as parks, rights of way, nature study areas and school grounds.

Matching grants of up to $3,000 each are awarded on a competitive basis. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal or state funds.

Grant applications must be received by Dec. 31, 2005. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2006.

For more information and a grant application, visit the DNR's Urban and Community Forestry Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrucf, or contact Kevin Sayers, urban forestry coordinator, at 517-241-4632 or by writing to DNR, Forest, Mineral & Fire Management Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.

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

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