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Over 40 communities in Iowa receive grants to plant 1,300 trees

Communities receive grants totaling nearly $145,000 through the company’s Community Tree Planting program, part of its One Million Trees initiative.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – March 28, 2024 – Alliant Energy named 41 Iowa communities, including Clear Lake, Jefferson and Oelwein, to receive grants totaling nearly $145,000 through the company’s Community Tree Planting program, part of its One Million Trees initiative.  

“Our commitment to improving the environment and supporting the communities we serve is unwavering,” said May Farlinger, Vice President Customer and Community Engagement, Alliant Energy. “The Community Tree Planting program grants awarded will help these Iowa communities achieve tree restoration goals, improve energy efficiency and provide environmental benefits for generations to come.” 

Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, select and plant a diverse mix of trees. A tree expert helps communities select the best species for their areas and create care and maintenance plans to ensure the new trees have long, healthy lives.  

“Our partnership with Alliant Energy has fueled decades of tree planting projects in communities across the state of Iowa,” said Deb Powers, Trees Forever interim CEO. “Trees provide so many benefits to these towns and that’s reflected in the sustained interest of the volunteer groups to partner with Trees Forever and Alliant Energy.”  

Since 1990, Trees Forever and Alliant Energy have awarded over $7.85 million in grants and planted more than 1.1 million trees through their partnership and programs in Iowa and Wisconsin.  

Across Iowa, communities are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 to fund new trees.  

Below is a list of the communities awarded grants this year and their project plans. Some communities will begin to plant trees this spring while others will wait until fall.  

organization City/Town funding project description
City of Alden 
 Alden $2,606.00 
Community tree planting in town parks with good tree species mix. Volunteers will include elementary school students.  
City of Alta 
Alta $4,900.00 
Community tree planting in the right-of-way with local school student volunteers.  
City of Arnolds Park 
Arnolds Park $5,000.00 Community tree planting project in parks and City owned land, led by Team WAVE. 
City of Ashton   Ashton $2,500.00 City-led tree planting in parks and ball diamond with volunteers from throughout the community.  
City of Atlantic 
Atlantic $3,000.00 Community tree planting at the local campground next to camp sites. Local students will volunteer this spring. 
City of Burlington 
Burlington $5,000.00 Community tree planting event led by the city with local volunteers and students. Plantings will be in the rights-of-way throughout town. 
City of Clear Lake 
Clear Lake $5,000.00 Community tree planting project in two city parks led by the Clear Lake Tree Board with high school volunteers.  
Clinton Trees Forever
Clinton $5,000.00 Arbor Day planting in the right-of-way along North 3rd Street and 7th Avenue South.  
City of Coggon 
Coggon $4,990.00 
City-led tree planting in the right-of-way and the city parks. 
Creston FFA Chapter 
Creston $4,950.00 
Community tree planting led by the local FFA chapter. Locations will be on city property and school locations.  
City of Drakesville 
Drakesville   $2,610.00 
Community tree planting project to replace trees in Drakesville City Park.  
Dubuque Trees Forever 
Dubuque $5,000.00 Community tree planting at Four Mounds Park and in right-of-way along Filmore.  
City of Dyersville 
Dyersville $5,000.00 Community Tree Planting led by the Lions Club in Westside Park and Candy Cane Park. 
City of Dysart
Dysart $900.00 Community tree planting in City Park and Heritage Arboretum with local volunteers. 
City of Edgewood
Edgewood $2,000.00 Community tree planting on public property for direct energy efficiency. Volunteers will be local students. 
City of Eldora 
Eldora $2,410.00 
Community tree planting at the ballpark being converted to a city park.   
City of Fairfield 
Fairfield  $5,000.00 Community tree planting in the right-of-way and at the City Park. 
City of Fort Atkinson 
Fort Atkinson 
$1,500.00 Community tree planting at several locations in the City Park with local volunteers. 
Winneshiek County Conservation Board 
Tree planting in a County Park with volunteers from the Village of Frankville. 
City of Garwin 
Garwin  $2,000.00  Community tree planting in two City Parks and the right-of-way with local students and Lions Club volunteers.  
City of Hayesville 
Hayesville  $1,474.00   Community tree planting in City Park with local volunteers.  
City of Huxley 
Huxley $5,000.00 Right-of-way planting along Ballard Ave.
Jefferson Tree Committee 
Jefferson  $5,000.00 Community tree planting in the right-of-way along streets in town with local eighth grade volunteers. 
City of Laurens 
Laurens $2,500.00 Community tree planting at the new Laurens Recreational Complex with volunteers from Hometown Pride.  
City of Letts 
Letts $2,420.00 
Community tree planting in Indian Creek Park with students during annual "Day of Caring" volunteer event.  
Ledges State Park 
Madrid $3,510.00 
Tree planting with volunteers at Ledges State Park next to the campground sites. 
City of Marshalltown 
Marshalltown $5,000.00 Community tree planting with volunteers in the rights-of-way.
North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Foundation
Mason City $2,500.00 Tree planting throughout the campus for direct energy  efficiency. Staff and students will volunteer.  
City of Mason City 
Mason City $2,500.00 Community tree planting in the right-of-way along 12th Street. Local students will volunteer. 
City of Maxwell 
Maxwell  $2,500.00 Trees planted in the right-of-way along Metcalf St. and 3rd St. with student volunteers. 
City of New Albin
New Albin $800.00  Right-of-way planting with general volunteers. 
City of Oelwein 
Oelwein $5,000.00 Right-of-way planting with United Way volunteers. 
City of Palo 
Palo $4,750.00   Community tree planting will take place in the City Park with volunteers.
City of Rolfe 
Rolfe $3,285.00 
Community tree planting led by Rolfe Hometown Pride will focus on several rights-of-way and City Parks with student volunteers from the library. 
Rudd Park Board 
Rudd $2,500.00 Community tree planting will replace trees lost to tornado.  
City of Salem 
Salem $1,730.00 
Community tree planting with volunteers at the City Park, fire station and Veteran’s Memorial. 
City of Sibley 
Sibley $5,000.00 Community tree planting at public new housing complex for direct energy efficiency with student volunteers from local schools. 
Washington Tree Committee
Washington $2,500.00  Community Tree Planting at Wellness Park with volunteers. 
City of Waucoma 
Waucoma $4,000.00 Community tree planting in City Park and ballfield using Turkey Valley FFA student volunteers. 
City of West Branch West Branch $5,000.00 Right-of-way planting on Earth Day with student volunteers. 
City of Worthington 
Worthington $3,500.00 Community tree planting with volunteers at Veterans Memorial Park to rejuvenate a famous oak stand.   

To learn more about Alliant Energy’s Community Tree Planting program, visit  

About Trees Forever  
Trees Forever is a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Marion, Iowa. Its mission – to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community and promoting stewardship – is fulfilled through cutting-edge programs and innovative practices. Trained and experienced staff have assisted community leaders and landowners across Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and beyond with thousands of planting projects. Each year, on average, Trees Forever works with and engages more than 7,000 volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. To date, they’ve helped plant more than 3 million trees. 

Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT) provides regulated energy service to 1 million electric and 425,000 natural gas customers across Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy's mission is to deliver energy solutions and exceptional service customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) are Alliant Energy's two public energy companies. Alliant Energy is a component of Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index and the S&P 500. For more information, visit and follow Alliant Energy on LinkedIn, FacebookInstagram and X.

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