DTE Energy Foundation and DNR partner to fund tree-planting projects

$71,750 awarded to communities across Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, recently donated $71,750 to 27 organizations throughout Michigan to plant trees to beautify parks and other public spaces, clean the air, serve as a canopy, and provide habitat to wildlife.

This marks the 20th year of the DTE Energy Foundation partnership with the DNR, which 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 the 2016 tree-planting program and partner with the DNR to invest in the future of our state by ensuring these spaces are enjoyed for generations to come.”