This Arbor Day, Consumers Energy Encourages Michigan Residents to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

Apr 28, 2017 9:05 AM ET

With Arbor Day being celebrated on Friday, Consumers Energy is reminding Michigan residents to choose the right tree for the right place as they plant and to always call MISS DIG 811 before putting a shovel in the ground. “Spring is a great time of year to plant trees and do work around the house. We want to encourage people to plant the right tree in the right place and to dig safely as they carry out tree planting projects,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric operations.

The energy provider also encourages people to plant appropriate tree species and suitable sites in locations that are near electric lines. People can learn more through or the “Right Tree Right Place” program developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Anyone performing a digging project should take action to avoid underground utilities by first contacting MISS DIG 811. Even projects like planting bushes require contacting MISS DIG by calling 8-1-1 or going to at least three working days before you dig.

Consumers Energy spent over $50 million statewide on work to clear trees from power lines last year, leading to continued improvements in electric reliability for customers. Last year, Consumers Energy also provided grants that allowed 56 communities to plant nearly 1,300 trees throughout the Lower Peninsula. Information about this year’s community tree planting grants will be available later this summer. Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.