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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


City of Alma


City of Au Gres


Village of Augusta


Village of Bellaire


Blair Township


Village of Blissfield


Village of Breckenridge


Village of Caledonia


Village of Cedar Springs


City of Charlotte


City of Cheboygan


City of Davison


City of East Tawas


Village of Elberta


Village of Empire


City of Frankenmuth


City of Greenville


Village of Hubbardston


City of Hudson


City of Jackson


City of Kentwood


Village of Kingsley


Village of Lake Odessa


Village of Lyons


City of Mason


City of Morenci


Village of Muir


Village of Nashville


City of Omer


City of Owosso


Peninsula Township


City of Potterville


Village of Richland


City of Roosevelt Park


City of St. Johns


Village of Sparta


Village of Spring Lake


Suttons Bay Township


Village of Suttons Bay


City of Tawas City


City of Wyoming


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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