At DTE we have a long history of preserving, protecting and sustaining our environment. We’re committed to preserving our home state’s natural beauty and creating positive change that benefits future generations. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the DTE Energy Foundation and ReLeaf Michigan have a 25-year partnership that leads urban and rural tree-planting efforts in Michigan communities.
What began as a partnership to plant trees on state forest lands was later expanded to include community tree plantings. Since then, more than 20 million trees and $3.5 million in funding have helped bring natural beauty and environmental benefits to Michigan’s forests and communities alike. Beyond positive environmental impacts statewide, the trees benefit the areas that receive them by expanding opportunities for community involvement and outreach.
These tree plantings will 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.
Hundreds of DTE volunteers have helped plant trees as part of this program, with local community members jumping in to help, too. This year, DTE volunteers have already planted trees in:
- Huron Township
- River Rouge
- Traverse City
This year’s plantings kicked off on April 22 in Huron Township. With the help of DTE volunteers, the Huron Township Rotary and Huron High School’s Ecology Club, 15 trees were planted behind the high school.
Thinking of planting some trees on your property? Be sure to check out DTE’s tree planting guide for recommendations on planting far enough from power lines.