Tree planting

MIS conservation efforts continue with tree planting


Michigan International Speedway is proud to call itself a leader with its green and conservation efforts.

In early November, those efforts took another big step as 42 trees were planted throughout the track property. The trees were purchased in a joint effort between MIS and NASCAR as part of the sanctioning body’s “Green Clean Air” program.

Eleven tracks, including MIS, participated in the NASCAR Green Clean Air program in 2009. The program was created to help offset the carbon emissions produced from Sprint Cup Series race weekends and was launched at MIS last June with the help of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.

“Working with NASCAR to bring these trees to MIS is great for the environment and for the sport in general to help offset carbon emissions that occurred during the June LifeLock 400 race weekend,” track President Roger Curtis said. “Many of our MIS race fans are avid about the environment and enjoy the fact that MIS is located in the Irish Hills of Michigan, where thousands of trees are located around the 1,400-acre track property. Adding 42 trees is very fitting for what we are trying to accomplish and that is to be a green racetrack.”

The trees were purchased from and planted by Beaubien Landscape Development of Adrian, Mich. Members of the Beaubien staff were on property planting a variety of trees — nine types in all — including maple, cypress, pear and American Linden. Many were planted around the track’s North Village and High Banks Village, and at some of the entrance gates.

MIS is no stranger to conservation efforts. The speedway took part in The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program over the August 2009 “Show Me the CARFAX” Race Weekend.

The Conservation Fund approximated the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that resulted from the fuel used by the race cars during last August’s Show Me the CARFAX Weekend, including the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying sessions, as well as the emissions resulting from the energy burned by the facility and fan travel to the racetrack. MIS offset that total carbon dioxide with a donation to The Conservation Fund.

In return, The Conservation Fund will plant approximately 311 native trees in Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Those trees will trap carbon dioxide, filter water, control flooding, create new habitat for wildlife and public recreation areas.

With much of its 1,400 acres featuring a variety of forests, protected wetlands and scenic wildlife reminiscent of the Irish Hills, MIS is expanding its efforts with initiatives which further enhance its commitment to the “Great Escape – National Park” atmosphere that race fans and staff have enjoyed for years.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. 

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