Trees Forever planting at American Gothic House Center adds some green to historic icon
Eldon, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2013) - The house featured in the iconic American Gothic painting by Grant Wood will be greener and more energy efficient with the addition of new trees. Trees Forever, Alliant Energy, the City of Eldon, and students from Cardinal High School will plant trees on the visitor center grounds through the Alliant Energy Branching Out program on Friday, September 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to participate in the planting event.
A total of 165 trees will be planted at the site. Thirty-nine shade trees, including oak, maple, sweet gum, and linden will line the entrance drive, parking lot, and visitor center. Additional trees will be planted around the city maintenance sheds.
Trees help save energy by both keeping communities cooler in the summer through the shading of buildings, streets, parking lots, and sidewalks, and warmer in the winter by breaking up cold winter winds.
"Saving energy is important to everyone, and we believe our investment in tree planting and education will help our customers become more aware of the benefits that trees have to offer," said Tom Aller, president of Alliant Energy's Iowa utility company. "We care about the communities we serve and welcome the opportunity to help them become more energy efficient."
Leslie Berckes, Program Manager and Field Coordinator for Trees Forever, notes that the Branching Out efforts in Eldon will provide a historic setting to an already historic site. "Trees play an important role in history serving as backdrops to important events. Grant Wood's 1930 American Gothic painting and many of his other works of art illustrate how important trees were to the aesthetics of his work."
"Trees Forever and Alliant Energy are very excited to support this project, as we know it will provide years and years of beauty and benefits to the community," said Shannon Ramsay, Trees Forever Founding President. "We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and their dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Eldon. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."
The American Gothic House Center is located at 300 American Gothic Street in Eldon. Volunteers should bring their own shovels to help plant and wear appropriate clothing (sturdy footwear and pants, sun and wind protection.)
The Branching Out partnership between Trees Forever and Alliant Energy has resulted in the planting of more than 1.4 million trees and seedlings in Iowa in the past two decades, for energy conservation and community improvement.
For more information about the September 27 event, contact Leslie Berckes at 515-681-2295.
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.