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Celebrate Arbor Day With Us!

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Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: www.miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 4-21-17

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-17-17

Students Celebrate Trees at Potter Park

MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 28, 2017 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for approximately 1,000 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about outdoor topics like trees, invasive species, water, and wildlife. This is also the day the official State Arbor Day Tree will be planted, with one lucky class getting to assist.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside for the trees. Trees help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our mental and physical health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. “After all, where would we be without trees?”

MADA encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way by planting a tree, volunteering at a local park or nature center, recycling, using reusable grocery bags, reading a nature-themed book, visiting a local park, or participating in a community clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations.  Find an event in your area on our website, http://www.miarbordayalliance.org and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a “tree planting” holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved “that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day.” Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

And The Winners Are…

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Contact Information:

Jennifer Hunnell

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: http://www.miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 4-7-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-10-17

 

Michigan Students Show Us Why

“We All Need Trees”

CHARLOTTE, MI – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! This was the contest’s first year. Seventy-two students participated, creating original artwork displaying the theme “We All Need Trees.” Votes for the 7 posters submitted for judging were collected from a ballot box display at the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union headquarters in East Lansing and through a photo album on MADA’s Facebook page. There were a lot of fantastic entries this year and we had a lot of great voting participation.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to Acorn Naturalists (www.acornnaturalists.com) and a tree planting for their school. In addition, the winning student’s teacher will receive a gift card to help pay for classroom supplies. The 2017 winners are:

  • First Place: Lillian T. from Howell
  • Second Place: Kali G. from St. Johns
  • Third Place: Madeline V. from Novi

The MADA 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is similar to one previously coordinated by the national Arbor Day Foundation, which MADA participated in until its cancellation in 2011. MADA has gone through several program changes since, seeking the best fit for our Michigan students. It was decided by the MADA State Committee to bring the poster contest back. We hope to see participation in this contest grow in future years and look forward to what lies ahead.

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated, including the sponsors: ITC Michigan, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being. MADA is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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First Place Winner, Lillian T. from Howell, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second Place Winner, Kali G. from St. Johns, MI

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Third Place Winner, Madeline V. from Novi, MI

 

ITC Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

ITC Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance & ITC working together to make Michigan greener

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Mar. 21, 2017 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is proud to announce that ITC Michigan has contributed $10,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA’s educational programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with ITC. They have been fantastic to work with and their passion and support for education and outreach has helped us make our programs what they are today,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan will be held on April 28th 2017 at the Potter Park Zoo.  This event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

“ITC actively supports key educational and environmental programs across the state, including the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance,” said Luba Sitar, ITC Manager of Customer Relations and Community Education. “We are proud to contribute to positive change throughout the region through public and private partnerships, especially those that engage youth and support environmental stewardship.”

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from ITC helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN

In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.

About ITCTransmission

International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 3,100 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan.

About Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC)

Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Lansing Board of Water & Light Supports Trees

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Jennifer Hunnell                                                                      Phone: (517) 543-1512 x 5

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                               Email: miarborday@gmail.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3, Charlotte, MI  48813         Website: miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 3-16-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-16-17

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

 Charlotte, MI –  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is happy to announce that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has contributed $6,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA outreach programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with the Board of Water and Light. They have been a great partner for several years and we are looking forward to their contribution helping this program continue to grow,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan, this event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

This is what BWL had to say about the program: “We are proud to be part of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Team. The BWL recognizes the value of supporting a program that emphasizes the benefits of a community outreach that encourages youth participation. It is important that we continue to educate our kids to understand the vital role trees play in our communities.” Lynn McKinstry, Manager, Electric System Operations for the BWL.

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from BWL helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Tree Planting Grants Available for Michigan

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Contact Information:  

Jennifer Hunnell, Program Coordinator

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: http://www.miarbordayalliance.org                  Sent:  3-3-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-6-17

 

Tree Planting Grants Now Available to Michigan Communities

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is currently offering local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments the opportunity to apply for a Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant.

 This program was previously known as the Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant. In 2017, the Go Green Youth Challenge was replaced by our Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. Our dedication to tree planting and educating about all the wonderful benefits trees give us has not changed and so it was decided to maintain the grant program under a new name.

Grant applicants may request up to $2,000 to fund tree planting projects in their community.  Grant funds may only be used to purchase trees.  Applicants must show evidence of a 1:1 match for anticipated money.  This is a statewide grant opportunity for Michigan projects only.

 Grant applications are available on the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s website.  Please visit www.miarbordayalliance.org to download an application.  Applications are due by mail no later than April 28th, 2017. Funded plantings must be completed by December 31st, 2017.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank our program sponsors for helping make these programs possible: ITC, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

 

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Another Great Year

Another year has come and gone. So long 2016, it was nice knowing you.

We have been up to quite a lot over the last year and there are more things to come! We’re introducing a new program this year, hope to form more partnerships, plan on planting more trees, and having another fabulous Arbor Day Celebration. Let’s show the rest of the country how Michigan does trees!

To catch up on all of our awesome accomplishments over the last year, you can read our annual Year in Review report. It’s pretty short and sweet, so don’t worry.

You can see the report on our website, just scroll to the middle of the page and look for the “Annual Report” heading. You can also see pictures from all our events here.

We’re looking forward to a great 2017 and hope you are too. Happy New Year!

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Our 5th Grade Poster Contest is Back!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is happy to announce the return of the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest!

This contest was previously organized by the national Arbor Day Foundation, with states participating at local levels. This contest ended in 2010 and we replaced it the following year with the Go Green Youth Challenge (which is where the name of this blog came from 🙂 ).

We have decided that it is time to get back to our roots, so to speak. So in 2017, we are bringing back the Poster Contest. This contest will be open to all Michigan 5th grade students – public, private, and homeschooled are welcome to enter.

Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to create an original poster design depicting the theme:  We All Need Trees.

Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place and will include:

  • A gift certificate to Acorn Naturalists for the winning students
  • A gift card for the winning teachers to purchase classroom supplies
  • A tree planting for the school or community

The deadline to enter will be March 10, 2017. Poster contest rules and entry form can be found on our website. The website also has tons of resources for teachers who want to add tree activities to their lessons.

If you have any questions about this new contest, please contact Jennifer Hunnell, Program Coordinator, at miarborday@gmail.com or call (517) 588-6302.

We look forward to seeing all the fantastic entries next year!

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2009 Poster Contest Entry