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E-M:/ Michigan Honors Communities and Utility Companies With Tree City USA and Tree Line USA Designations

April 27, 2006

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

Michigan Honors Communities and Utility Companies
With Tree City USA and Tree Line USA Designations

A total of 104 Michigan communities have been awarded the "Tree City USA" designation for their promotion of urban forestry, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. This represents an increase of three from last year's total of 101, which includes the new designees of Saugatuck, Lincoln Park and Howard City. 

The DNR also has recertified three utility companies in the state with the "Tree Line USA" designation. This program encourages utility companies to offer tree care education programs and sponsor tree planting events. The utility companies recertified are DTE Energy, Lansing Board of Water and Light and the Upper Peninsula Power Company.

The Tree City USA program promotes tree planting and care in urban areas and calls for attention to the economic, health and aesthetic benefits trees offer. To be eligible to participate, a community must designate someone to be responsible for its urban forest program, have a community tree ordinance, spend $2 per resident on its tree program, enact an Arbor Day proclamation and hold a public tree planting ceremony. 

Since the program began in 1976, Michigan has seen a steady increase in the number of communities being certified as a Tree City. 

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

A complete list of communities certified for 2005 is attached and is also available online on the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Forests, Land and Water section.

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


Attachment: TC USA LIST.doc
Description: MS-Word document