Colbeck: $8,500 awarded to 7th District communities for tree planting

LANSING―State Sen. Patrick Colbeck announced Thursday that a total of $8,500 has been granted to the cities of Gibralter and Trenton, and the Woodhaven Brownstown School District as part of the 2011 DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grant program.

“The thousands of dollars in grants from this non-taxpayer funded program will directly serve to help improve our environment and beautify our communities,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “Congratulations to our winners.”

Under the program, 55 municipalities and school districts applied for the competition, and 32 of those were approved, receiving a total of $65,100 in grants. The cities of Gibraltar and Trenton received $3,000 and $2,500, respectively, and Woodhaven Brownstown School District was granted $3,000.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), matching grants of up to $3,000 each are awarded on a competitive basis. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal or state funds.

The DNR has partnered with DTE Energy for more than a decade to sponsor the program to plant more than 20 million trees throughout Michigan.