Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pledges To Plant 50 Million Trees by 2030

Dnr TreesMichigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has pledged to plant 50 million trees by 2030, and is encouraging Michiganders to join them in planting trees as part of the 1T.org Trillion Trees campaign.

The MI Trees campaign is part of a global effort to plant more trees to “help communities adapt to the world’s changing climate.”

The DNR says whether you have a family forest plot or a small city lot, a new tree can make a difference to your quality of life.

“Trees provide cooling shade in towns and cities,” said Kevin Sayers, Urban and Community Forest program lead for the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “Trees in any setting help provide clean air and water, prevent erosion and provide homes for wildlife.”

The DNR says Michiganders should keep the following in mind when planting trees:

  • Season. Spring and fall are best for planting trees.
  • Location. Make sure to consider the size your tree will be when it is fully grown, and plant an appropriate distance from buildings and away from above- and below-ground utilities. Before putting a spade in the ground, be sure to Call 811 Before You Dig!
  • These tips from the Arbor Day Foundation can help with tree selection and planting.
  • Some trees will not grow well in sandy soil. Others don’t like spots that get too damp. Make sure to choose a tree that will thrive in your climate and soil type.
  • Consider planting native trees and shrubs, which provide food and cover for wildlife.
  • Record it! Once you plant a tree, you can help the DNR meet its tree-planting goal by logging your tree on the interactive online map.

“We want to populate this map with lots of dots,” said Sayers. “Michigan is known for lush forests and plenty of urban landscapes rich with towering trees. Let’s boost that reputation even further. Help the DNR ‘plant it forward’ to ensure a future of healthier air and water and greener communities for all residents.”

Categories: Earth Day