Volunteers and community leaders are gearing up to plant trees at three Ottumwa school locations to provide more shade and save energy. The local effort is part of the statewide Trees Forever and Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program, which annually funds thousands of trees to schools, parks, downtowns, and neighborhoods through partnerships with local volunteers.
“We’re looking forward to working with Trees Forever and Alliant Energy to plant more trees at Liberty Elementary, Evans Middle School and Eisenhower Elementary this fall,” said school coordinator, Kim Hellige. “With their help, we are literally creating a healthier community.”
“Trees Forever and Alliant Energy are very excited to support this project, as we know it will provide years and years of beauty and benefits to the community,” said Shannon Ramsay, Trees Forever founding president. “We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Ottumwa. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow.”
The district will plant 45 trees in mid- to late October with the help of local master gardeners and other volunteers. Tree varieties include white pine, spruce, crab apple, maples, buckeyes, and oaks.