The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and DTE Energy Foundation have awarded grants worth over $75,000 to 28 communities in Michigan.

The City of Kentwood was among those awarded money to plant trees.

Kentwood received $2,950.

The DNR's Kevin Sayers told us Kentwood will use the money to help replace 24 trees along Walma Ave near 44th Street which will help replace trees lost to disease/insects (esp. Emerald Ash Borer) and improve city streetscapes.

Grants awarded under this program will be used to help purchase nearly 1,100 trees of various species and sizes to be planted this spring and fall.

"Healthy trees provide many important benefits to our communities and the environment," said Kevin Sayers, DNR Urban Forestry Program coordinator. "These grants will help communities enhance local tree canopy cover while also promoting awareness about planting the right tree for the right location, especially as it relates to utilities."

Here's a full list of communities awarded grants:

Alcona Conservation District - $2,625
City of Boyne City - $3,000
City of Center Line - $3,000
City of Farmington Hills - $3,000
City of Garden City - $3,000
City of Kentwood - $2,950
City of Mackinaw City - $3,000
City of Milan - $3,000
City of Mount Clemens - $3,000
City of Mt. Pleasant - $3,000
City of Port Huron - $3,000
City of Rochester Hills - $3,000
City of Sault Ste. Marie - $3,000
Clinton Township - $3,000
Jefferson East Inc. - $3,000
Leslie Science and Nature Center - $1,572
Little Traverse Township - $3,000
Muskegon Conservation District - $2,750
Northville Historical Society - $3,000
Oakland County - Facilities Management - $3,000
Oscoda Township - $2,997.50
Village of Dundee - $3,000
Village of Elk Rapids - $2,243.75
Village of Empire - $3,000
Village of Franklin - $3,000
Village of Pentwater - $1,000
Village of Wolverine Lake - $375
White Lake Township - $1,800
Total $75,313.25

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