Founded in 2010

News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Alliant grants will help plant hundreds of trees in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Volunteers in communities across Iowa will soon plant a diverse mix of hundreds of trees with the help of Branching Out grants. These grants are awarded through a partnership between Alliant Energy and Trees Forever.

This spring, Branching Out grants will fund 32 tree-planting projects in Iowa. In total, Alliant Energy will award $109,046 to communities to add trees in city parks, campgrounds, playgrounds, along nature trails and at schools.

Trees are a natural source of energy efficiency. They block the sun and provide shade on hot days, and offer a windbreak on cold days.

Unfortunately, trees take many years to reach full maturity. That’s why it’s important to make sure trees planted today will last a long time. With the threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Dutch Elm Disease, Burr Oak Blight, and others, the need for a diverse population of trees is important across Iowa. This year, Branching Out is funding planting projects that include an increased variety of trees to communities.

“We have been working with communities to diversify the species of trees they plant and recent applications to the Branching Out program demonstrate the communities’ commitment to this effort,” said Meredith Borchardt, Trees Forever Program Manager. “A diverse urban forest is the best way to ensure resiliency when faced with threats such as the Emerald Ash Borer, or whatever the next major disease or pest threat might be.”

“By increasing the diversity of the tree populations in Iowa, we’re helping make sure the investment in these natural energy efficiency tools last a long time,” said Tom Aller, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “Iowans have made a big impact in adding trees to the state. Since we started Branching Out in 1989, we’ve partnered with communities and organizations to plant more than 1.4 million trees and seedlings.”

Alliant Energy provides funding for Branching Out, a nationally recognized program. It partners with Trees Forever and local community leaders to develop and implement public tree-planting projects. The program supports energy efficiency with strategic tree planting projects and designs. It also improves the quality of life, increases environmental awareness, and encourages volunteer involvement.


Communities and organizations receiving awards this spring:          

Community Project Description


Alden Project is a new campground area, next to the City Park


Atlantic Atlantic Cemetery, which is also at the entrance into town


Blairstown Street trees, an area rolle-bolle court for shade and a small park


Boone City of Boone park system


Burlington Plantings in the public Right of Way because of EAB


Cedar Rapids- Oak Hill Eagle Scout project at Oak Hill Cemetery


Cedar Rapids- Twin Pines Golf Course trees to plan ahead for loss of Ash trees from EAB


Center Point Wakema Park and Fross Park are the planned planting sites


Centerville Street trees and pocket parks


Chariton Cemetery planting


Cresco Boulevard and Park Trees are planned


Creston Multiple projects


Dundee Increasing diversity within the park


Eldon Playground, and American Gothic House Center are the planned sites


Fairfield Proactive replanting and public awareness of EAB


Greene Replacing trees from drought, windbreaks at Rose Hill Cemetery and other projects


Greenfield Multiple projects


Grinnell Grinnell’s nine City Parks


Guthrie Center Riverside Park is the location


Hazleton The City Park is the project site


Hubbard Plans are for 12 trees, street, public use and town entryway


Marion Golf Course trees to plan ahead for loss of Ash trees from EAB


Mason City Multiple projects


Mechanicsville Replacing Ash Trees throughout town from EAB


Muscatine Muscatine Trees for Trails


Ottumwa Three city owned cemeteries


Postville Street trees, Ball field, and Assisted Living


Robins Cedar Valley Nature Trail


Rudd Project is to provide shade for a trail, and prevent soil erosion and runoff


Washington Working with local care facilities


Wellsburg Energy efficiency plantings at the school


Wyoming Public plantings for energy efficiency



Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization with a mission to plant and care for trees and the environment. Trees Forever has involved over 150,000 volunteers in projects that improve air and water quality, increase wildlife habitat, provide substantial energy savings and beautify our landscape.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Even more news:

Need help with your website?
Call your local professional,
Breakthrough Web Design:
or go to

Copyright 2022 – Internet Marketing Pros. of Iowa, Inc.
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x