On track to a greener Michigan: Consumers Energy, Mich. International Speedway to plant 50,000 seedlings
Charlotte, Mich. — Consumers Energy and Michigan International Speedway have teamed up with the Michigan Association of Conservation District and Conservation Districts across Michigan to plant 50,000 white pine seedlings. The ”On Track to a Greener Michigan with Consumers Energy and Michigan International Speedway” is working locally with the Eaton Conservation District for the 2015 program to help provide white pine seedlings for group planting events here in our County.
“Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest utility, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.” Consumers Energy has adopted sustainability as a company-wide goal. “That means we operate with a fundamental commitment to leave our company and state better than we found them. We strive to fulfill the needs and wants of our generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.” says Brian Wheeler, Senior public information director.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. “MIS takes great pride in knowing that our green initiatives have made a significant, positive impact to the environment and sport of auto racing, and we continue to do different things to move forward with those initiatives. It’s the right thing to do to protect our environment. Our brand at MIS is very much an environmentally friendly one”, said MIS President Roger Curtis.
Michigan Association Conservation Districts and Eaton Conservation District are excited to work with our local groups and provide white pine tree seedlings to interested groups. There are limited amounts of seedlings per County, groups in Eaton County should contact Andrea Stay, Executive Director at the Eaton Conservation District for more information. Seedlings are to be planted in group planting events. Examples of group planting events:
• Scout group, planting at the local county park.
• Classroom planting on school property.
• 4-H group planting on land conservancy property.
• Rotary planting at a local senior care facility.
Lands that fit this general criterion include:
• Tribal lands
• School grounds
• Public parks
• Land conservancy / conservation easement lands (where they will be maintained)
• Land adjacent to school property (land where they will be maintained)
• School forest property
• Township, county properties
If you are interested in free white pine tree seedlings for a group planting event or if you are interested in more information please contact Andrea Stay at the Eaton Conservation District by calling 517-543-5848 x 5.