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Detroit Edison’s Monroe Power Plant Gains “Conservation Education Site” Status From Wildlife Habitat Council

MONROE, Mich., August 23 -- The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has recognized Detroit Edison’s Monroe Power Plant with designation as a Conservation Education Site (CES). The plant site has been a WHC-certified wildlife habitat since 1999.

The Monroe Power Plant has worked closely with the Bolles Harbor Mathematics and Science Center, a partnership of Monroe Public Schools and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, since its inception in 2004. Students at the center regularly use the wildlife areas of the plant site for environmental studies, wildlife observation and other activities. Student have helped map these areas using global positioning satellite (GPS) devices.

This relationship was cited in the plant’s request for CES designation, and the relationship will be formalized under the designation. Plant and school system representative will form a committee that will develop plans to more fully integrate the plant wildlife areas into the student’s courses and activities.

“We are please to take this next step in the development of education programs that utilize the wildlife habitats that we have protected and developed on our plant site,” said Frank Wszelaki, plant director. “There are not many schools that have the chance to walk out the door into quality habitat and do projects and research related to math and science. Biology, ecology, resource management and conservation all are practiced in some form on the site.”

The plant site has more than 800 acres dedicated to wildlife habitat, including prairies and wetlands. Peregrine falcons have nested at the site for several years and bald eagles are seen frequently. The site is located within the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and it is home to beds of the rare American lotus.

Detroit Edison is an investor-owned electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at www.dteenergy.com.

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