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JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy awarded more than $100,000 to 42 Michigan communities through its 2011 Community Tree Planting Grant Program. 

The utility sponsors the program annually to encourage responsible tree planting and sustainable urban forests in communities across the state.

Each year, the Michigan Forest and Park Association reviews applications and forwards its grant recommendations to Consumers Energy.

A tree planting project must meet criteria to reduce conflicts between trees and overhead lines to be eligible for a grant. Consumers Energy provides prospective communities a guide titled "Right Tree Right Place," a concept developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation, which shows how to choose appropriate tree species and suitable sites in community locations near electric lines.

Once a project is approved and planting is completed, a Consumers Energy forester inspects it to verify the tree species and locations. A participating community may receive a grant check of up to $3,050.

The grants aided in the planting of almost 1,100 trees in 2011.

Community Tree Planting grants were awarded to:

Alabaster Township

$3,050

City of Alma

$3,000

City of Au Gres

$2,500

Village of Augusta

$3,000

Village of Bellaire

$3,000

Blair Township

$3,000

Village of Blissfield

$2,200

Village of Breckenridge

$3,000

Village of Caledonia

$3,000

Village of Cedar Springs

$1,800

City of Charlotte

$200

City of Cheboygan

$3000

City of Davison

$3,000

City of East Tawas

$3,000

Village of Elberta

$1,000

Village of Empire

$260

City of Frankenmuth

$2,250

City of Greenville

$1,200

Village of Hubbardston

$800

City of Hudson

$3,000

City of Jackson

$3,050

City of Kentwood

$2,860

Village of Kingsley

$700

Village of Lake Odessa

$3,000

Village of Lyons

$3,000

City of Mason

$2,700

City of Morenci

$3,000

Village of Muir

$3,000

Village of Nashville

$3,000

City of Omer

$2,600

City of Owosso

$3,000

Peninsula Township

$2,945

City of Potterville

$3,000

Village of Richland

$1,500

City of Roosevelt Park

$2,000

City of St. Johns

$2,000

Village of Sparta

$2,500

Village of Spring Lake

$3,000

Suttons Bay Township

$3,000

Village of Suttons Bay

$1,500

City of Tawas City

$3,000

City of Wyoming

$3,000

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, access our website at: www.consumersenergy.com/forestry

SOURCE Consumers Energy

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