Our power plants, natural gas pipelines and electric wires stretch across thousands of acres in the Lower Peninsula. We’re one of the state’s largest private landowners and take that responsibility very seriously. Our professional foresters work to carefully balance the economic, cultural, and ecological needs of our forest lands while working to provide reliable power and natural gas to our 1.6 million customers.
Our active involvement dates back to the early 20th century. We hired teams of tree planters to help reforest the watersheds around dams that had been ravaged by fires and excessive logging. We planted more than 2 million trees along the Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon rivers and support planting efforts statewide, big and small. We even seeded a natural gas right-of-way with plants that help pollinators to flourish. These and other erosion control efforts are a big part of our land management plans, as well as wetlands protection.