Green urges votes to help Michigan state parks earn trees and bragging rights

News from the Department of Natural Resources:

The Department of Natural Resources reports that Michigan currently ranks first in the Odwalla juice company’s national Plant a Tree program, but Texas and Pennsylvania are coming on strong in second and third place. With $100,000 worth of free trees for state parks available this year, every vote counts. If you’ve already voted for Michigan by planting a tree at www.odwalla.com/plantatree, thank you! There is one vote allowed per e-mail address. If you haven’t yet voted, please consider doing so today, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same. It’s easy, and every tree planted (or vote cast) means $1 toward the purchase of trees to help restore the areas of our state parks hardest hit by the emerald ash borer and other exotic forest pests.

For two years running, Michigan has captured the top spot in the Odwalla competition but, with a smaller funding pool this year, other states are getting serious about their outreach efforts. There is just over $40,000 worth of free trees still available for planting – or voting – in the contest. Please take a minute to do something meaningful and long-lasting for Michigan’s great outdoor spaces. Visit http://www.odwalla.com/plantatree and vote today (through Aug. 31). Let’s make Michigan number one three years in a row!