Trees Forever event to replace trees lost in derecho windstorm in Marshalltown, Iowa
Marshalltown Branching Out efforts date back more than two decades
Marshalltown, Iowa (Sept. 26, 2013) - Two years ago, a devastating windstorm, known as a derecho, tore through Marshalltown and other parts of Iowa, damaging homes and businesses and uprooting trees. Trees Forever, Alliant Energy, and local volunteers and partners will work to help restore Marshalltown's tree canopy by planting new trees through the Branching Out program on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:00, beginning at Riverview Park. The public is invited to participate in the planting event.
Eight trees will be planted at Riverview before volunteers move on to plant trees at Anson and Goldfinch parks and the bike path area of Little League Park. A total of 24 trees will be planted, including hawthorn, Japanese tree lilac, sugar maple, linden and crabapple.
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. "We care about the communities we serve and welcome the opportunity to help them become more energy efficient."
Meredith Borchardt, Program Manager and Field Coordinator for Trees Forever, notes that the Branching Out efforts in Marshalltown set root years before the destructive straight-line winds hit the community in July 2011. "The Marshalltown Branching Out group has participated in the Branching Out program in each of its first 20 years," she said, citing more than 1,700 trees that were planted between 1991 and 2010. "We want to celebrate the longevity of the committee and their local accomplishments."
"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 Marshalltown. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."
Riverview Park, 402 Woodland St., is located on the north side of town just off of Highway 14. The planting will begin in the southwest corner of the park. Volunteers should bring their own shovels to help plant and wear appropriate clothing (sturdy footwear and pants, sun and wind protection.) From Highway 14 turn east on Woodland St., take the first left into the park, and then the first right to the community building parking lot.
The Branching Out partnership between Trees Forever and Alliant Energy has resulted in the planting of more than 1.4 million trees in Iowa in the past two decades, for energy conservation and community improvement.
For more information about the Oct. 5 event, contact Meredith Borchardt at 641-430-3854.
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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.
Alliant Energy Corporation's utility subsidiary in Iowa and Minnesota is Interstate Power and Light (IPL). IPL utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa and Minnesota utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 525,000 customers and natural gas service to 233,000 customers in more than 700. Alliant Energy is committed to providing the energy and exceptional service its customers and communities expect - safely, reliably, and affordably. Visit alliantenergy.com or call 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).