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CONSUMERS POWER ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO PLANT SHORT TREES

 CONSUMERS POWER ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO PLANT SHORT TREES
 JACKSON, Mich., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As Michigan residents spruce up their yards during the spring planting season, Consumers Power Company offers recommendations on landscape tree planting and electric line safety.
 "Since the dawn of electric power, there has been a conflict between trees and power lines because they often share the same space," said Paul A. Elbert, the utility's senior vice president of energy distribution.
 "However, by choosing certain kinds of trees which have significantly less height growth, this conflict with electric lines can be reduced in future years, helping to ensure reliable electric service," said Elbert.
 The list of trees and shrubs which under normal conditions, generally do not grow into electric lines, or require minor trimming, includes several species of maples, hornbeams, the flowering dogwood, crab apple trees, the honeysuckle, rose acacia and common juniper. The full list of such trees and shrubs follows. The height these trees reach at maturity generally ranges between 20 feet to 30 feet.
 "We ask customers to avoid planting tall-growing tree species directly under or near electric lines, such as the silver maple, Norway maple, oak, Colorado blue spruce, white spruce or most pine trees," Elbert said.
 While planting trees, Consumers Power urges customers to use caution and avoid situations which might cause contact with electric lines, particularly while using ladders. The utility also recommends that at least three working days prior to planting trees, people determine the location of any underground utility lines by calling MISS DIG. The phone number for MISS DIG, a utility damage prevention system, is 1-800-482-7171.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
 LANDSCAPE RECOMMENDED NEAR ELECTRIC LINES
 Trees Height at Maturity (feet)
 Trident Maple 25
 Amur Maple 18
 Paperbark Maple 30
 Tartarian Maple 20
 European Hornbeam 25
 American Hornbeam 25
 Eastern Redbud 25
 Flowering Dogwood 30
 Chinese Dogwood 20
 Alternate - Leaf Dogwood 25
 Cornelian Cherry 25
 Crab Apple 30
 Hawthorne 25
 Bristlecone Pine 20
 Dwarf Alberta Spruce 12
 Shrubs Height at Maturity (feet)
 Serviceberry 25
 Red Osier Dogwood 10
 Silky Dogwood 10
 Chinese Witch Hazel 15
 Nannyberry 20
 Honeysuckle 10
 Sand Cherry 6
 Staghorn Sumac 25
 Smooth Sumac 15
 Bristly Locust 10
 Rose Acacia 10
 Common Juniper 10
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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