Alliant Trees Forever program sees 27th grant planted in community since 1992
During the last week of April, and the first week of May, the Southwestern Community College agriculture department and Creston FFA Chapter students planted 12 evergreen and 38 deciduous trees valued at $7,740 on the SWCC college campus, Spartan Drive and at McKinley Park. The trees were secured through Alliant Energy’s Trees Forever program.
The Trees Forever program encourages community tree plantings for energy efficiency and environmental awareness throughout Iowa. Alliant Energy provides funding to organizations that can match the grant through in-kind services, labor or monetary means. Trees Forever administers the program and provides technical and on-site assistance. Community volunteers plan and choose sites, select species, order trees and enlist community volunteers. Since the start of Alliant’s Trees Forever program in 1989, more than 1.1 million trees have been planted in communities across Iowa.
Tree planting efforts since 1992 have seen the Creston FFA plant 2,818 deciduous trees, 628 evergreen trees and 786 shrubs valued at $524,740.00 in 98 landscaping projects throughout the Creston community. In addition, the Creston FFA Chapter has provided the community 105,700 evergreen and deciduous seedlings to establish windbreaks and wildlife habitats since 1991.
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