(AREA) – From Iron Mountain in the western Upper Peninsula to the village of Dundee in the state’s southeast corner, 26 communities across Michigan will share $92,500 in grants this year to plant trees.
The trees, to be planted along streets and in parks and other public spaces, come courtesy of a program sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan.
This year’s individual grants range in size from $1,800 to $4,000. Locally, Carsonville-Port Sanilac schools received $3,000 dollars while in St. Clair County, Burtchville Township was awarded $3,450 dollars.
An annual request for proposals goes out each spring; the next opportunity to apply is in late April 2022. The DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program helps municipalities and community groups promote and manage their urban trees and forests.
It supports efforts to increase education and training and to implement projects.