JACKSON — The city of Greenville has been awarded a $1,200 tree planting grant by Consumers Energy.
Consumers Energy awarded more than $100,000 to 42 Michigan communities via the 2011 Community Tree Planting Grant Program.
The village of Hubbardston was awarded an $800 grant while the village of Muir was awarded a $3,000 grant, both in Ionia County. The village of Cedar Springs received a $1,800 grant in Kent County.
Consumers Energy sponsors the program annually to encourage responsible tree planting and sustainable urban forests in communities throughout Michigan.
Each year, the Michigan Forest and Park Association reviews applications and forwards 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 with a guide titled “Right Tree, Right Place,” a concept developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation, which shows how to chose 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.
The grants aided in the planting of almost 1,100 trees last year.