Consumers Energy is digging deep to help protect and enhance the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.
Environmental groups and volunteers headed to the DeYoung Nature Preserve in Leelanau County to plant 4,000 trees.
About 50 volunteers and 130 students from the Greenspire School got their hands dirty digging and planting trees for Earth Day.
As part of the Earth Day event, Consumers Energy presented the Conservation Resource Alliance one of three planet awards.
That award comes with a grant for $150,000 to help them continue their mission to preserve and protect Northern Michigan’s waterways, wildlife, and forests for future generations.
“We’re getting a lot of interest from community members about their ability to work with us, and so with this additional $150,000 we are going to be able to reach a lot of different community members. This gives us the ability to work with any land owner who needs trees or sees the benefit of the trees on their property,” explained Paul Kogelschatz, the watershed coordinator for the Conservation Resource Alliance.
The money from Consumers will help the conservation resource alliance reach their goal of planting 100,000 trees in the next five years.