Planting trees across Michigan to beautify our communities and create a greener future

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DTE Energy has a long history of preserving, protecting and sustaining our environment. This fall, the company showcased their efforts to make Michigan greener by partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 115 trees in seven communities from Wayne and Macomb counties to the Thumb to Northern Lower Michigan. The DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, funded the tree-planting campaign.

This is the second year of the Foundation’s partnership with ReLeaf to plant the right trees, in the right locations, to beautify our cities and local parks, clean the air and enhance the area’s natural habitats. One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.

Volunteers from the local communities helped to plant the trees, which were about six- to eight-feet tall and up to two inches in diameter. Some weighed up to 250 pounds, so it was no small task!

Earlier this year, the DTE Energy Foundation also worked closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to plant trees, marking the 20th anniversary of a partnership that has resulted in more than 40,000 trees and seedlings being planted in 490 Michigan communities.

“The benefits of healthy trees in communities have never been more clear and important,” said Kevin Sayers, DNR Urban Forestry program coordinator. “Through our ongoing partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation, we are able to help raise awareness about the multiple benefits that trees provide while also ensuring that trees are planted in the right place with respect to utilities.”

Faye Nelson, vice president of DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, added that the tree-planting grants are part of a long-term initiative to partner with communities, schools and nonprofits on programs to take care of the environment.

“The DTE Energy Foundation has always believed it is our responsibility to sustain and protect Michigan’s legacy – from its cultural institutions to its beautiful natural environment – and to help build its future,” Nelson said. “As good environmental stewards, we are proud to support tree-planting programs and invest in the future of our state, ensuring these spaces are enjoyed for generations to come.”

Thinking of planting some trees on your property this fall? Be sure  to check out DTE’s tree planting guide for recommendations on planting far enough from power lines.