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For Press Inquiries contact:
Melinda Jones, Executive Director
mjones@ReLeafMichigan.org
(734) 718-2702

PRESS RELEASES


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   April 2, 2014


ReLEAF MICHIGAN LAUNCHES 24th ANNUAL TREE & SHRUB FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT “HEALTHY TREES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES”

(Ann Arbor, MI)  ReLeaf Michigan has selected hardy, bare-root trees, and shrubs to sell to the public for its annual fundraising event.  The tree sale encourages the public to plant trees, which enhances property value while benefiting the environment and ReLeaf Michigan’s ongoing tree programs. 

Michigan has lost tens of thousands of trees due to the emerald ash borer, storms, and old age.  In 2009 when the latest figures were available, the tree canopy throughout Michigan totaled only 42.9%.  At a community level, the canopy is lower with only 12 out of 83 counties being classified as having excellent tree cover.  Over the past decade, only one out of four trees removed has been replaced. 

By planting ReLeaf Michigan’s trees on their property, residents support ways to cool their homes, protect us from harmful rays of the sun, and beautify our environment.  And when trees go in, crime goes down, the health of community residents improve, and real estate values increase.

Proceeds from the tree sale will support ReLeaf Michigan’s ongoing statewide tree education and planting programs.  Since 1988, ReLeaf Michigan has worked with 350 community groups to plant 28,000 trees and provided presentations and information on tree care to the public.  The trees for the fundraiser are specially chosen for Michigan’s specific planting zones and are able to prosper in both rural and urban areas. 

Tree and Shrub orders must be placed by Friday, April 14, 2014.  Online ordering is available at www.ReLeafMichigan.org.   
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·       TREES—4 - 6 feet, bare-root, single or multi-stemmed depending on species.  $34 each, three or more $32 each.
·       SPECIALTY TREES—4 to 6 feet bare-root.  $50 each
·       SHRUBS—1 to 2 feet, bare- root.  $18 each; three or more $15 each.
·       EVERGREENS— containerized one-gallon evergreens.  Better survivability.  Evergreens are about 2 ft in height.  $15 each; three or more $13 each

Order: Go to www.ReLeafMichigan.org to order on-line or to download an order form to mail in.  To get an order form e-mailed or mailed, call-1-800-642-7353, or email info@releafmichigan.org.  Check, money orders, or credit cards accepted.

Pick-up Date:  Saturday April 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

10 Pick-up Locations:

  • Branching Out Nursery & Landscaping, Fenton, MI
  • Handy Park, Redford Twp. MI
  • Springfield Oaks Park, Davisburg, MI
  • Fraleigh’s Landscape Nursery, Dexter, MI
  • For-Mar Nature Preserve, Burton, MI
  • Friendship Park-Porritt Barn, Lake Orion, MI
  • Goldner-Walsh Nursery, Inc. Pontiac, MI           
  • Bay City Electric, Light & Power, Bay City
  • Fenner Nature Center, Lansing, MI
  • Bartlett Tree Expert Company-
  • Grand Rapids/Lakeshore- Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353 or info@releafmichigan.org

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ReLeaf Michigan, Inc. is a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant, and maintain them.  ReLeaf Michigan works with community groups on local tree planting projects and by providing informational material and presentations.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 6, 2013

ReLEAF MICHIGAN LAUNCHES 23rd ANNUAL
 TREE & SHRUB FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT
 “HEALTHY TREES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES”

(Ann Arbor, MI) For more than two decades, ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree education, and planting organization, carefully selects hardy, bare-root trees and shrubs and sells them to the public for reasonable rates.  The tree sale is a fundraiser that encourages the public to plant trees while bringing in much-needed revenue to support ReLeaf Michigan’s ongoing tree planting and educational programs.

Spring is soon to arrive and once again, it’s time to order trees from ReLeaf Michigan’s annual tree and shrub fundraiser.  By planting trees on their property, residents support ways to cool their homes, protect us from harmful rays of the sun, and beautify our environment.  And when trees go in, crime goes down, the health of community residents improve, and real estate values increase. 

Because the trees are specially chosen for Michigan’s specific planting zones and are able to prosper in both rural and urban areas, the tree and shrub sale helps to reverse Michigan’s loss of tens of thousands of trees due to the emerald ash borer, storms, and old age. 

ReLeaf Michigan is a state wide non-profit tree organization that has been working with community groups throughout the state for the past 25 years to plant trees on public property.  Over 26,000 trees have been planted in partnership with nearly 350 community organizations. 

Tree and Shrub orders must be placed by Monday, April 12th 2013.  Online ordering is now available by clicking here.   
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TREES—4 to 6 feet, bare-root, single or multi-stemmed depending on species.
$34 each, three or more $32 each.
Bloodgood Planetree, Autumn Blaze Maple, Northern Red Oak, Sugar Maple, River Birch, Red Spire Pear, Valley Forge American Elm, Japanese Tree Lilac, Red Bud,  Red Flowering Crabapple, Thundercloud Plum, Honeycrisp Apple, Yellowwood, Tulip Tree, Greenspire Linden  

SPECIALTY TREES—4 to 6 feet bare-root.  $50 each
Hakura Nishiki, Royal Frost Birch, Snow Mountain Cherry, Tina Crabapple

SHRUBS—1 to 2 feet, bare- root.  $18 each; three or more $15 each.
American Hazelnut, Butterfly Bush-”Pink Delight & “Black Knight”, Sugar Plum Fairy Lilac, Summer Wine Ninebark, “Easy Elegance” Rose, Pee Gee Hydrangea, Dwarf Red Stemmed Dogwood, Vernal Witch Hazel, Alfredo Compact Cranberry Bush, Blue Muffin Arrowwood Viburnum,

EVERGREENS— containerized one-gallon evergreens.  Better Survivability.  Evergreens are about 2 ft in height.
$20 each; three or more $18 each
Black Hills Spruce, Canadian Hemlock, Serbian Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir

Order Form: Go here  download an form. Check, money orders, or credit cards accepted.

Pick-up date:   Saturday April 27, 2013 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Pick-up locations(Bring a very large plastic bag to protect roots during transport.)

Haddon Nursery, Fenton, MI
Handy Park, Redford Twp. MI
Springfield Oaks Park, Davisburg, MI
Fraleigh’s Landscape Nursery, Dexter, MI
For-Mar Nature Preserve.  Burton, MI
Friendship Park-Porritt Barn, Lake Orion, MI
Goldner-Walsh Nursery, Inc. Pontiac, MI           
Lansing, MI, TBD
Bartlett Tree Expert Company Grand Rapids/Lakeshore- Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353 or info@releafmichigan.org
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ReLeaf  Michigan, Inc. is a 501 c 3 not for profit organization with a mission to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant and maintain them.  ReLeaf Michigan works with community groups on local tree planting projects and by providing informational material and presentations.

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Two ReLeaf Michigan Representatives Win 2013 Arboriculture Society of Michigan Awards

(Feb 26, 2013)   The Arboriculture Society ofMichigan (ASM), a Michigan Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), announced Melinda Jones, Executive Director of ReLeaf Michigan, the winner of the ASM Daniel J. Kurkowski Spirit of Arboriculture Award 2013.  This award is in recognition of a shared passion, commitment, and enthusiasm for arboriculture and the Aboriculture Society of Michigan.

ReLeaf Michigan Board member David L. Roberts, PH.D. won the 2013 Professional Services Award for outstanding services and contributions to the arboriculture and the urban forestry profession.  

The City of Ypsilanti received ASM's Michigan Urban Community and Forestry Council's Governmental Award for a local unit of government for significant advances in its urban forestry program in the last year. ReLeaf Michigan is a key managing partner for the Ypsilanti's 2012-2013 urban forestry programs.

The awards were given on February 19, 2013, at ASM’s ArborCon, an annual conference for arborists and other tree experts.  ASM’s mission is to advance the development of arboriculture and urban forestry professionals while promoting strong ethics and high standards of practice.

For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353.

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ReLeaf  Michigan is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant and maintain them.  ReLeaf Michigan works with community groups on local tree planting projects and provides education and presentations on tree selection and proper care.


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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2012

CONTACT: Melinda Jones, ReLeaf Michigan,  info@ReLeafMichigan.org, 734--718-2702

Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network Educational Meeting:

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT & CREATIVE FUNDING OPTIONS FOR FORESTRY OPERATIONS

How investing in trees can reduce expenses for cities
WHAT:           
Watershed Forestry is a relatively new practice that draws from multiple disciplines, including forestry, hydrology, engineering, landscape architecture, mapping, planning, and soil science.  This meeting will provide information on the important role trees play in stormwater management and its mitigation process.  Attendees will also learn how the collection of storm fees can offset the "green" investment in trees as a storm management resource.  Presenters will provide a solid overview of stormwater as well as some creative funding opportunities as the result.

          Speakers:
·      Kay Sicheneder, Forestry Operations Supervisor, City of Ann Arbor 
·      Amanda St.Amour, Senior Environmental Quality Analyst, Dept. of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Grand Rapids District Office

WHERE:           
Gaines Charter Township Community Room, 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Caledonia  49316

WHEN:           
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SPONSORS:            
ReLeaf Michigan in partnership with Consumers Energy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Urban and Community Forestry Program, and the Arboriculture Society of Michigan

COST: Free event. R.S.V.P. at 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org


For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353.

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ReLeaf  Michigan is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant and maintain them.  ReLeaf Michigan works with community groups on local tree planting projects and provides education and presentations on tree selection and proper care.


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May 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Melinda Jones, ReLeaf Michigan,  info@ReLeafMichigan.org, 1-800-642-7353



ReLeaf Michigan Issues Challenge
to Find Michigan’s Biggest Tree

(Ann Arbor, MI) Since 1993, ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide nonprofit organization, has challenged the public every two years to find Michigan’s largest living tree through its Big Tree Hunt contest. Other than providing a way for the public to engage in a tree-focused activity, the Big Tree Hunt was created to take over the efforts of Paul Thompson, a brilliant botanist, who searched for Michigan’s big trees and kept records of them since the early 1940’s. Today, ReLeaf Michigan encourages Big Tree Hunting among all age groups to assist natural resource experts track these vital historical living landmarks. 

The contest is also a way for a hunter to potentially gain celebrity status in the National Register of Big Trees, which is issued every two years by American Forest. But first, winners of the Big Tree Hunt are forwarded to the Michigan Botanical Club Champion Tree Coordinator for the State of Michigan for further review and possible inclusion in the State Champion Tree List. If the tree makes it to state champion status, it is submitted for inclusion in the national Big Tree Register. Today Michigan has only 27 National Champions.

The Michigan Big Tree Hunt is a great activity for families, groups of friends, fun dates, or solo adventurers.  Certificates and Prizes are awarded for:
·      Largest Tree of any species submitted by a Big Tree Hunter over 16 years old
·      Largest Tree of any species submitted by 15 years old and under
·      Largest White Pine (Michigan’s State Tree), any age
·      Largest Tree of any species for each county
·      Largest Tree (any species) that is larger than the current registered Michigan State Champion

Contest forms can be downloaded from http://releafmichigan.blogspot.com/p/big-tree-hunt.html or obtained by contacting ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353 or emailing releafmi@gmail.comDeadline for entries is August 1, 2012.  A prize ceremony to honor the winners will be held during September 2012.  The Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest is sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan, Michigan Botanical Foundation, Michigan Botanical Club, Consumers Energy Foundation, Hanes Fund, Lapham Associates,  Arboriculture Society of Michigan,  DTE Energy Foundation and  the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Urban and Community Forestry. 
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About ReLeaf Michigan, Inc.
ReLeaf Michigan is a non profit organization whose mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant, and maintain them.  This is accomplished by working with community groups on local tree planting projects and by providing educational materials and presentations. For more information or to join ReLeaf Michigan, go to http://releafmichigan.blogspot.com/
 

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April 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Melinda Jones, ReLeaf Michigan,  info@ReLeafMichigan.org, 1-800-642-7353

DEADLINE FOR ORDERING TREES EXTENDED TO MONDAY, APRIL 16

RELEAF MICHIGAN’S 22nd ANNUAL TREE SALE SUPPORTS
HEALTHY TREES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

ReLeaf Michigan announced that it is extending the deadline for its tree and shrub fundraiser to Monday, April 16th!  For more than two decades, ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree education and planting organization, has carefully selected hardy, bare-root trees and sold them to the public for reasonable rates.  The tree sale is a fundraiser that encourages the public to plant trees while bringing in much-needed revenue to support ReLeaf Michigan’s ongoing statewide tree planting and educational programs.  Pick up your order from locations throughout the state on April 28 Go to www.releafmichigan.org to order online.  Check, money orders, or credit cards accepted.

For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353.

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ReLeaf  Michigan is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on the value of trees and the need to properly select, plant and maintain them.  ReLeaf Michigan works with community groups on local tree planting projects and provides education and presentations on tree selection and proper care.
 



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              March 11, 2012
CONTACT: Gail Cagle, ReLeaf Michigan, 1-800-642-7353info@releafmichigan.org


RELEAF MICHIGAN LAUNCHES 22nd ANNUAL TREE SALE TO SUPPORT HEALTHY TREES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
  
(Ann Arbor, MI) For more than two decades, ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree education, and planting organization, carefully selects hardy, bare-root trees and shrubs and sells them to the public for reasonable rates.  The tree sale is a fundraiser that encourages the public to plant trees while bringing in much-needed revenue to support ReLeaf Michigan’s ongoing tree planting and educational programs.

Spring is soon to arrive and once again, it’s time to order trees from ReLeaf Michigan’s annual tree and shrub fundraiser.  By planting trees on their property, residents support ways to cool their homes, protect us from harmful rays of the sun, and beautify our environment.  And when trees go in, crime goes down, the health of community residents improve, and real estate values increase. 

Because the trees are specially chosen for Michigan’s specific planting zones and are able to prosper in both rural and urban areas, the tree and shrub sale helps to reverse Michigan’s loss of tens of thousands of trees due to the emerald ash borer, storms, and old age. 

ReLeaf Michigan is a state wide non-profit tree organization that has been working with community groups throughout the state for the past 23 years to plant trees on public property.  Over 25,000 trees have been planted in partnership with nearly 350 community organizations. 

Tree and Shrub orders must be placed by Monday, April 9th.  Online ordering is available here.

TREES—4 to 6 feet, bare-root, single or multi-stemmed depending on species.
$32 each, three or more $30 each.
Bloodgood Planetree, Autumn Blaze Maple, Red Sunset Maple, Northern Red Oak, Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, River Birch, Chanticleer Pear, Valley Forge American Elm, Japanese Tree Lilac, Red Bud, White &  Red Flowering Crabapple, Canada Red Select Cherry, Honeycrisp Apple, Toba Hawthorn

SPECIALTY TREES—4 to 6 feet bare-root.  $50 each
Blue Beech, Royal Frost Birch, Snow Mountain Cherry, Regal Prince Oak

SHRUBS—1 to 2 feet, bare- root.  $18 each; three or more $15 each.
American Hazelnut, Butterfly Bush-”Pink Delight & “Black Knight”, Tinkerbelle Lilac, Summer Wine Ninebark, Patriot Rose, Pink Diamond Hydrangea, Red Twigged Dogwood, Vernal Witch Hazel, Alfredo Compact Cranberry Bush, Snowball Viburnum

EVERGREENS— New this year!  Containerized one-gallon evergreens.  Better Survivability.  Evergreen are about 2 ft in height.
$20 each; three or more $18 each
Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Canadian Hemlock, White Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Concolor Fir

Order Form: Click here to order online, or to get an order form emailed to you, call 1-800-642-7353 or email info@releafmichigan.org.  Check, money orders, or credit cards accepted.

Pick-up date:   Saturday April 28, 2012 9am.  – 2:00 pm. 
Pick-up locations:  Maps on website. (Bring a very large plastic bag to protect roots during transport.)

Haddon Nursery, Fenton, MI
Handy Park, Redford Twp. MI
Springfield Oaks Park, Davisburg, MI
Fraleigh’s Landscape Nursery, Dexter, MI
For-Mar Nature Preserve. Burton, MI
Friendship Park-Porritt Barn, Lake Orion, MI
Goldner-Walsh Nursery, Inc. Pontiac, MI
MSU Nursery, Lansing, MI
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks-Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about ReLeaf Michigan or to request information on organizing a tree planting in your neighborhood, contact ReLeaf Michigan at 1-800-642-7353 or info@releafmichigan.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2012




HOW TO BECOME A REAL LIFE LORAX IN MICHIGAN


This weekend, thousands of local families will enjoy the new animated movie The Lorax, about the furry Dr. Seuss creature who speaks for the trees. What they may not realize is that there are thousands of real-life Loraxes right here in Michigan. 

ReLeaf Michigan speaks for the trees every single day. “We are dedicated to planting and helping communities maintain trees throughout the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan—helping to preserve and grow the forest right here, where we live. Our mission is to promote “Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities” by educating homeowners on the benefits of trees and the need to properly select, plant and maintain them,” says Melinda Jones, Executive Director of ReLeaf Michigan. Over the past 23 years the organization has worked with nearly 300 communities to plant over 25,000 large trees with volunteers on public property.

In the new movie The Lorax, all the Trufulla trees are gone. The forests have been destroyed, and young people dream of seeing a “real” tree. In the movie, neighborhood streets are lined with man-made, artificial approximations of trees. Believe it or not, the idea of streets without trees isn’t as far from reality as you may think. The scary truth is that deforestation is happening not just in vast forests like the Amazon, but right here in American cities and towns.

A new report from the US Forest Service shows that our cities are losing 4 million trees each year. In communities across the country, this loss of canopy cover means Americans are losing out on the enormous benefits of healthy urban forests. Trees in cities help clean our air, reduce our energy use, manage storm water overflow and mitigate water pollution. They keep us healthy and cool, while also keeping our neighborhoods green and beautiful.

The Lorax reminds us that humans and nature are inextricably intertwined, and that trees are essential for strong communities. We can’t just stand by—instead, like the Lorax, we must do what we can to keep nature a part of our lives.

ReLeaf Michigan, a state-wide non-profit tree organization and a member of the national Alliance for Community Trees, holds activities during the year to promote tree projects throughout Michigan. By joining ReLeaf Michigan, members become real-life Loraxes. Together we can make our communities cleaner, greener, and healthier. Learn more at www.ReLeafMichigan.org, -1-800-642-7353, or info@ReLeafMichigan.org.

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CONTACT: Melinda Jones, 734-718-2702, ReLeaf Michigan, www.releafmichigan.org