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Community tree-planting grants


 

The DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are partnering to fund tree-planting projects across Michigan. New this year, ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide nonprofit tree-planting organization, also is joining the effort. A total of $70,000 is available in matching grants of up to $3,000 each, to be awarded on a competitive basis. The 2017 DTE Tree Planting grant application period opens today, April 28, in honor of Arbor Day.

This marks the 21st year of the DTE Energy Foundation partnership with the DNR, which has resulted in the planting of nearly 40,000 trees and seedlings in over 500 communities. The program, paid for by the foundation, is administered by the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program. With the addition this year of ReLeaf Michigan, this collaborative partnership will help increase opportunities for community involvement and outreach.

“Arbor Day is an opportunity to celebrate our longstanding commitment to taking care of the environment and the many ways that we help enhance and protect Michigan’s natural beauty,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “This partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and ReLeaf Michigan is an environmental investment in local communities.”

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, tribes and schools within DTE Energy’s service territory are encouraged to apply. Tree-planting projects must occur on public property such as parks, street rights-of-way and school grounds. All grants require a 1-to-1 match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds.

Grant applications must be sent to the address below and postmarked by Friday, June 9, 2017. Awards will be announced in August for projects that must be completed by May 31, 2018.

For more information or to get a grant application, visit the DNR’s Urban Community Forestry website or contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898, via email at sayersk@michigan.gov or by mail at P.O. Box 30452 Lansing, MI 48909.

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Celebrate Arbor Day with 10 free shade trees 


A red maple is one of the trees you can get with a $10 dollar donation to the Arbor Day Foundation.

A red maple is one of the trees you can get with a $10 dollar donation to the Arbor Day Foundation.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day is Friday, April 28, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees.

By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple, and red maple.

The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, 2017, or visit arborday.org/april.

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Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting trees!


Get 10 free shade trees when you join the Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day is April 29 this year, and the best way to celebrate is by planting trees. The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the tree planters’ holiday. Everyone who joins the Foundation in April will receive 10 free shade trees.

National Arbor Day and Michigan’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, which is April 29 this year.

By joining the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in April, you will receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple. The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“These trees will provide shade in the summer and magnificent color throughout the fall,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “By the simple act of planting trees, a person can make a positive impact on the earth and a deep, meaningful connection to nature. When you plant a tree, you’re giving a gift for future generations.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, 2011, or visit www.arborday.org/april.

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What tree is that? booklet makes it easier to identify trees in Michigan


A fun, easy-to-use tree identification booklet is available from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. The booklet, What Tree Is That?  helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process.

What Tree Is That? features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes, and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in Michigan and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach to identify the species of each tree. The booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers, and the details of buds and bark.

“What Tree Is That? is an ideal resource to help people have a great appreciation for trees,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The educational mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that.”

What Tree is That? is also available as an online interactive version at www.arborday.org. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this unique, one-of-a-kind online tool so people can identify trees using the Internet.

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at www.arborday.org.

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