Consumers Energy, Michigan International Speedway provide trees for local planting

On Friday, April 24, just over 20 Fennville High School students teamed up with over 20 Fennville 4th graders and the Allegan Conservation District to reforest a section of the Fennville Public School forest property located within the Allegan State Game Area. 650 white pine seedlings sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Michigan International Speedway were planted during the morning hours.

The planting was a celebration of National Environmental Education Week (April 19-25), Earth Day (April 22), and Arbor Day (April 24) all rolled into one. Students were led by Shawn Kelly, Conservation District Forester for the Allegan, Barry, and Ottawa Conservation Districts, and provided with information regarding the importance of proper forest management activities. Assistance with planting was provided by Consumers Energy forestry staff, Allegan Conservation District staff, and Fennville Public Schools teachers.

Consumers Energy and Michigan International Speedway are providing 50,000 trees to be planted across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, part of their joint effort to get On Track to a Greener Michigan.

“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,” said MIS President Roger Curtis. “It’s the right thing to do to protect our environment. Our brand at MIS is very much an environmentally friendly one.”

Michigan International Speedway last year became the largest participant in Consumers Energy’s Green Generation, matching 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy. Close to 20,000 homes and businesses in Michigan participate in Green Generation, contributing each month to purchase power from renewable sources, all made in Michigan.

Consumers Energy has adopted sustainability as a company-wide goal, meaning its employees operate with a fundamental commitment to leave their company and state better than they found them. They strive to fulfill the needs and wants of our generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

About Michigan International Speedway: 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.

About Consumers Energy: 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.

About Michigan Conservation Districts: Michigan Conservation Districts are the local special purpose units of government which provide natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their land and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

For information about the Allegan Conservation District (ACD) visit www.allegancd.org, call the ACD at (269) 673-6940, ext. 101, or email justin.burchett@macd.org.

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