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Alliant grants will help plant hundreds of trees in Iowa


This news story was published on March 16, 2014.
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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

Funding

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

$3,738

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

$2,250

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

$800

Boone City of Boone park system

$3,000

Burlington Plantings in the public Right of Way because of EAB

$10,000

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

$1,725

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

$4,880

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

$3,000

Centerville Street trees and pocket parks

$1,440

Chariton Cemetery planting

$1,200

Cresco Boulevard and Park Trees are planned

$750

Creston Multiple projects

$9,985

Dundee Increasing diversity within the park

$2,050

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

$1,800

Fairfield Proactive replanting and public awareness of EAB

$10,000

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

$1,200

Greenfield Multiple projects

$1,650

Grinnell Grinnell’s nine City Parks

$10,000

Guthrie Center Riverside Park is the location

$1,556

Hazleton The City Park is the project site

$1,022

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

$1,000

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

$4,995

Mason City Multiple projects

$9,690

Mechanicsville Replacing Ash Trees throughout town from EAB

$500

Muscatine Muscatine Trees for Trails

$1,000

Ottumwa Three city owned cemeteries

$9,909

Postville Street trees, Ball field, and Assisted Living

$848

Robins Cedar Valley Nature Trail

$820

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

$600

Washington Working with local care facilities

$1,800

Wellsburg Energy efficiency plantings at the school

$5,000

Wyoming Public plantings for energy efficiency

$838

 

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.

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