Tree-Planting Efforts Planned Across State To Mark Arbor Day

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy are pairing to promote the planting of 50,000 trees throughout Michigan.

Officials will announce the plan Friday during an Arbor Day celebration at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. Speedway spokesman Brad Kuhbander says the trees are being donated to the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, which is working to plant them in public areas so people can care for them.

DTE Energy Foundation says it’s also making an Arbor Day announcement. It’s launching a $250,000 expanded tree-planting program and working with ReLeaf Michigan to plant trees in 11 southeastern Michigan counties.

The effort is in conjunction with a program administered by the state Department of Natural Resources. The foundation is investing $175,000 in matching grants of up to $4,000 each to fund tree-planting projects.

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