Douma Elementary will plant 25 new trees on Friday, October 10 thanks to Trees Forever and Alliant Energy's Branching Out program.
"We're looking forward to adding more trees to the Douma campus now that construction is completed," said Kim Hellige, local project coordinator. "With the help from Trees Forever and Alliant Energy, we are planting a better environment while making Ottumwa healthier, more vibrant, and more energy efficient."
Planting trees can reduce energy use by creating shade or by blocking cold winds. Trees also provide long-term health, economic, social, and environmental benefits to the community.
Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program throughout Iowa, providing technical and planning support to participating communities. This fall, BranchingOut will award more than $100,000 in grants to assist 23 Iowa communities and groups with tree-planting projects. Douma's project will receive $2,500 for planting trees.