Trees Forever planting on North Tenth Street in Marion adds green and shade to busy route
Marion, Iowa (Oct. 8, 2013) - A busy stretch of North Tenth Street in Marion will be greener, safer, and more attractive with the addition of new shade trees. Trees Forever, Alliant Energy, the City of Marion, and students from Linn-Mar High School will plant trees along North Tenth Street through the Branching Out program on Friday, October 25 beginning at 1:45 pm. The public is invited to participate in the planting event.
A total of 50 trees will be planted at the site. All 50 of the trees will be large shade trees to provide shade for sidewalk-users, motorists, and to provide shade and wind protection for nearby buildings. The planting will consist of a diverse variety of large shade trees including red and white oaks, hackberry, Kentucky coffee trees, London plane trees, and tulip trees.
Trees help save energy by both keeping communities cooler in the summer through the shading of buildings, streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and warmer in the winter by breaking up cold winter winds.
"Saving energy is important to everyone and 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 are privileged to serve Marion with safe and reliable electric service. We are always seeking ways to partner with the community to help them become more energy efficient."
Dustin Hinrichs, Program Manager and Field Coordinator for Trees Forever, notes that the Branching Out efforts in Marion will provide a new greenway connecting the established historic center of Marion with a newer part of the City. "Trees play an important role in providing a sense of community to a newly developed neighborhood or street. The presence of mature shade trees signifies that this area is here to stay as part of the City of Marion."
"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 Marion. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."
A brief ceremony will take place at the southwest corner of the intersection of North Tenth Street and Boyson Road at 1:45 pm., followed immediately by a tree- planting demonstration and tree plantings involving Linn-Mar high school students. 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 October 25 event, contact Dustin Hinrichs at (319) 440-7529.
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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).