Alliant Energy Trees Forever program sees 28th grant planted in community since 1992
During the week of Oct. 15, the Southwestern Community College Agriculture Department and Creston FFA Chapter students planted 28 evergreens and 37 deciduous trees valued at $10,005 on the SWCC college campus and at McKinley Park and the arboretum located on the Greater Regional Medical Center campus. 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-IP&L 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 membership and Southwestern Community College agriculture students (since 2010) plant 2,902 deciduous trees, 656 evergreen trees and 786 shrubs valued at $534,740 in 101 landscaping projects. The local FFA chapter has also provided the community with 106,300 evergreen and deciduous seedlings to establish windbreaks and wildlife habitats.
According to Galen Zumbach, who was the Creston FFA advisor from 1977-2010 and currently an instructor at SWCC, “The Trees Forever grants have directly resulted in the planting of 1,689 deciduous and 628 evergreen trees worth $206,172.00 since 1992.”
This fall’s planting was one of 28 grants the Creston FFA Chapter has been awarded through Alliant Energy's Trees Forever program.
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