Nearly 1,100 new trees to be planted through Alliant Energy’s Community Tree program

Grants support tree planting in 33 Iowa communities

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – April 12, 2022 – Burlington, Marshalltown and Grinnell are just a few of the 33 Iowa communities (see full list below) that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Community Tree program, part of their One Million Trees initiative. Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, select and plant a diverse mix of trees. This year’s funds will help communities plant trees to increase energy efficiency and replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho or the emerald ash borer.  

“Alliant Energy’s commitment to supporting communities we serve includes improving the natural environment for future generations,” said Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “Last year, we announced our One Million Trees initiative to donate and help plant more than one million trees – representing one tree for each of our utility customers - by the end of 2030. The communities announced today will benefit from our goal and increase their own energy efficiency and tree restoration goals.” 

Each community was eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 to fund new trees that will save energy and improve the environment. In total, $120,000 in tree grants are being awarded. 

In addition to the funds, communities also receive tree-planning support from Trees Forever. A tree expert helps communities select the best species for their area and create a care and maintenance plan to make sure the new trees have long and healthy lives.  

“Our partnership with Alliant Energy has persevered for years due to the strong alignment of our values,” said Kiley Miller, President and CEO, Trees Forever. “We are proud to work together to help communities and local volunteers plant trees through Alliant Energy’s Community Tree program, part of their One Million Trees initiative. These trees will clean our air, water and soil, while improving our health and providing beauty in all seasons.” 

Alliant Energy’s partnership with Trees Forever dates to 1990. Together, they have awarded over $7.7 million dollars in grants and planted more than 1.1 million trees.  

Several communities will plant their trees this spring, with many more plantings planned for the fall. To learn more about the program, visit alliantenergy.com/onemilliontrees.  

ORGANIZATION City/ToWN FUNDING PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 Belle Plaine  Belle Plaine  $5,000 Large community tree planting in Anderson Park and Box Memorial Park.
City of Burlington
Burlington $5,000 Community tree planting on and around streets.
Calmar NICC
Calmar $3,690 Planting shade trees around buildings on the Northeast Iowa Community College Campus. 
Centerville
Centerville $2,000 Community tree planting at Lelan Bradley Park, managed by the County Conservation Board. 
 Clinton Clinton   $5,000  Shade tree planting at three schools in Clinton - Bluff Elementary, Eagle Heights Elementary, and Clinton Middle  School. 
 Cresco   Cresco   $1,400  Planting in street public right-of-way and boulevards.  
 Creston FFA  Creston   $4,940   Shade tree planting downtown Creston, on the campus of the local community college, and in street right-of-way.  
 Edgewood Edgewood  $2,000   Community tree planting matching funds will establish fruit trees on the school led by Girl Scouts. 
 Eldora  Centerville   $970  Community tree planting opportunity.  
 City of Ely Ely  $2,000  Derecho recovery tree planting in Vavra Park and the Cedar Valley Trail. 
 Fertile Fertile  $2,700   Community planting in Rhodes Park along Winnebago River. 
 Grinnell Schools Grinnell  $5,000     Windbreak planting at Grinnell High School with the students. 
 City of Hiawatha Hiawatha  $5,000   Community tree planting in areas impacted by the derecho. 
 Jefferson Jefferson   $5,000  Community tree plantings in right-of-way along several streets in town with the local tree committee.
 Laurens  Laurens    $3,132  Community tree planting with local hometown pride group, planting for energy efficiency in Sportsmans Park and  campground. 
 Mallard Mallard   $4,180  The City of Mallard is planting shade trees in the City Park and public golf course. 
 City of Marion  Marion    $5,000  Community tree planting in the right-of-way with Tree Board and local volunteers. 
 Marshalltown Marshalltown   $5,000  Local Trees Forever group will spearhead right-of-way plantings in nearly 10 locations throughout town.  
 Mason City Mason City   $5,000  Community tree planting with school planting in right-of-way. 
 Mechanicsville Mechanicsville   $1,000  Replaces trees lost to the derecho. 
 Monticello Monticello   $5,000   Tree planting on the grounds of the Monticello High School. 
 City of Muscatine Muscatine   $5,000  Street tree planting in right-of-way. 
 Nevada Nevada   $3,735   Tree planting at the SCORE athletic complex for energy efficiency around some facilities. 
 New Albin New Albin   $1,388   Community street tree planting. 
 Norway   Norway   $5,000   Replaces trees lost to the derecho.  
 City of Oelwein  Oelwein    $5,000  Community street tree planting in right-of-way. 
 Rolfe  Rolfe    $2,739    Community tree planting with hometown pride and students.
 Rossie  Rossie     $610  Planting trees in the park and throughout town
 Tripoli   Tripoli   $5,000    Community street tree planting in several locations throughout town. 
 Van Horne  Van Horne    Van Horne   Community tree planting at park and recreation complex. 
 Washington   Washington   $2,000  Planting around municipal buildings for energy efficiency. 
 City of West Burlington West Burlington   $4,000  Community street tree planting in right-of-way along several streets in town. 
 West Liberty Lions Club West Liberty    $2,070  West Liberty Lions Club partnering with the City for right-of-way street tree plantings throughout town. 


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