WHEREAS, Michigan is home to more than 5,000 nursery, retail garden center and landscape contracting firms and the fifth largest nursery industry in the nation; the nursery and landscape industry has a significant impact on the state's economy, accruing about $5.715 billion each year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's green industry produces the top specialty crop in Michigan through perennial plant production, Christmas trees, sod production, landscaping services and lawn care services distributed to 35 states, Mexico and Canada; and,
WHEREAS, the green industry employs more than 36,000 Michigan residents that make up the fourth largest agricultural commodity group in the state; and,
WHEREAS, green areas, or landscaped spaces, provide countless benefits to the environment, including soil erosion control, dust prevention, rainwater entrapment and groundwater recharge, solar heat dissipation, glare reduction, organic chemical/pollutant entrapment and degradation, and noise reduction; and,
WHEREAS, trees are natural air filters and just one tree removes 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year; additionally, proper selection and placement of trees, shrubs and perennials can lower heating and cooling costs by 20 percent and reduce noise pollution by 50 percent; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of the positive economic and environmental impacts that the nursery and landscape industry has had, and continues to have, in the Great Lakes State; we encourage residents to Plant Michigan Green by visiting a local retail garden center, planting a tree, having a landscape or lawn installed, or simply taking time to enjoy the beauty of Michigan's greenery;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Plant Michigan Green Month.