City of New Albin receives funding for trees through Branching Out program

The City of New Albin was one of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. 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 replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho, other storms or the emerald ash borer.

The City of New Albin received $1,797 in Branching Out grant funding. The funding will be used to diversify the city’s tree canopy and replace trees lost to storms or disease.

These grants provided a total of $206,000 in assistance this year. Derecho-affected communities applied for grants up to $10,000 to fund new trees that will save energy and improve the environment. Non-derecho communities were eligible for grants up to $5,000.

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.

“Trees clean our air, water and soil, and improve our physical and mental health,” said Shannon Ramsay, Trees Forever chief executive officer and founding president. “These trees will shade our neighborhoods and homes. Branching Out helps create more vibrant and healthier communities.”

Alliant Energy first partnered with Trees Forever to offer the Branching Out program in 1990. Together, they’ve helped award nearly $7.5 million dollars in grants to Iowa communities to plant more than one 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/branchingout.

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