Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown and Ames are just a few of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. As part of the program, Alliant partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, select and plant a diverse mix of trees.
This year’s funds totaling $206K will help communities plant trees to replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho. Affected communities applied for grants of up to $10,000, Non-derecho communities 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.
Jefferson County did have one awardee, Maharishi International University in the amount of $5,000 to diversify their tree canopy.
Several communities will plant their trees this spring, with many more plantings planned for the fall.