CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) honored ITC Michigan at their headquarters in Novi, MI on Thursday, September 5 for their longtime support of the organization’s programs to promote environmental stewardship and education. State Arbor Day Coordinator Hannah Reynolds, presented ITC with a plaque and framed picture of students who attended the 2019 State Arbor Day Celebration.
MADA, a program of the Eaton Conservation District, promotes and facilitates Arbor Day through a progressive network for the stewardship of forestry and natural resources in Michigan’s communities. MADA is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. MADA’s dedication comes from the belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being. In addition, MADA assists organizations, businesses, etc. in planning and facilitating tree plantings to expand the urban canopy.
The 2019 State Arbor Day Celebration was held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI. MADA, in cooperation with Eaton Conservation District and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Forest Resources Division, welcomed approximately 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders from Mid-Michigan to the all-day outdoor event focused on learning about trees and the environment. Students often leave Arbor Day talking about ways they can help better the environment and have a deeper appreciation for trees and nature. This annual field trip is offered to second and third graders in the state of Michigan at no cost. “It is because of our generous sponsors that we can provide this opportunity for the students, teachers and their chaperones to get outside and learn about our natural resources. The sponsors, volunteers, presenters, along with the planning committee, make this event a great success each year,” said Reynolds.
“Through our Right Tree, Right Place program, ITC works to help people understand what kinds of plants and shrubs can be safely established near electricity transmission lines, and the right places for trees. Planting the right tree in the right place, away from power lines, can help conserve energy by providing wind protection, shade and cool air. This can add beauty, privacy and wildlife habitat to the landscape while also protecting the safety and reliability of the transmission system,” said Donna Zalewski, Director of Local Government and Community Affairs and Philanthropy. “ITC is proud to support the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance and to encourage everyone, including these young students, to plant the right trees in the right places.”
In addition to the annual State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA offers a Tree Planting Grant to local units of government, schools, non-profit organizations, and more. This year, MADA was able to award six Tree Planting Grants, which will result in getting 73 trees rooted in communities across the state. Hannah Reynolds, the Arbor Day Coordinator stated, “The MADA Tree Planting Grant program is funded solely on donations from our sponsors. Without support from ITC, MADA’s programs would not be possible. ITC’s continued support of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance shows their dedication to promoting environmental education and stewardship as well as our goal to expand the urban canopy.”
— Hannah Reynolds, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance and Kelly Fulford, ITC Michigan
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