Alta, Albert City and Linn Grove have received matching grants for tree planting in 2002 as part of Branching Out, an Alliant Energy and Trees Forever partnership program.
Local communities will be landscaping their communities with projects that include planting trees at residences for energy efficiency, in parks, along streets and around schools and other public buildings.
Since 1990, communities have planted 210,693 landscape-sized trees and involved 72,477 volunteers who have contributed a total of 333,507 hours of their time. Through Branching Out, community volunteers have planted trees at 48,851 public and private sites.
Alta will receive $1,300 in grants, Albert City $650 and Linn Grove $500. Eliot Protsch, President, Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light, says, "Investing in tree planting helps reduce peak electric demand. Trees also help clean our air, enhance property values, beautify our homes and neighborhoods and reduce storm water runoff. Alliant Energy is committed to long term environmental stewardship."
Trees Forever Founding President Shannon Ramsay congratulates all the individuals involved. "Volunteers in Alta, Albert City and Linn Grove are part of a growing force of more than 120,000 planting and caring for trees through Trees Forever programs in Iowa. Our trees have a 91 percent survival rate, and we thank all the hardworking volunteers."
If you would like to volunteer to help plant and care for trees in Albert City, call Abe Falkena at 843-5703; in Alta, call James Eaton at 284-2284; in Linn Grove, please call Becky Jessen at 296-3223.