The Connell's Corner Gateway welcome lighthouse development will be enhanced with native Iowa vegetation this fall and next spring, thanks to two grants secured by the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Storm Lake.
The largest of the two grants was awarded through the Iowa Living Roadways program and will provide up to $15,000 for both trees and native grasses at the gateway site two miles east of Storm Lake on the Highway 71 bypass.
The 42 trees to be purchased through this grant include varieties of crab, linden, ash, oak, maple and pine trees. The grant specifies that at least 50 percent of the trees must be native to the area.
The native grasses include little bluestem, buffalograss cody, blue gramma, sideoats gramma and a wildflower mixture.
Storm Lake's participation in the Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning program a couple of years ago paved the way for this grant, according to members of the Chamber's steering committee for the gateway project. The program is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State University Extension and Trees Forever.
The grant will be administered by the City of Storm Lake in cooperation with the Chamber committee. Most of these trees and the native grasses will be planted next spring.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/19 Pilot Tribune.