SL Tree Planting Event Rescheduled For May 10th

Wed 4-26-2017

(Spirit Lake)-- A tree planting event along a stretch of the Dickinson County Recreational Trail in Spirit Lake that was planned for today (Wed.) had to be postponed due to the weather. Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever, one of the entities putting on the event, tells KUOO news it's been re-scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th...Jensen01 

"Correct. So we had a whole bunch of volunteers lined up from the Dickinson County Trails Association and some students from Spirit Lake High School, but with the rain and the wind and the cold temperatures we decided to wait for a little bit better day. That will be May 10th. We'll be meeting at the shiny diner, the old shiny diner parking lot there, and we'll have a little presentation for some of our partners, then we'll get to work planting trees."

In addition to Trees Forever and the Dickinson County Trails Association, the event is also being made possible by Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy. Jensen says they'll be planting 52 trees along a portion of the trail along Peoria Avenue near Hy-Vee to the area of 15th Street. He says they'll be planting a diverse variety of tree species...Jensen02 

"We have some oaks that we'll be planting, we have some hack berries, some sugar maples, we have some smaller ornamental trees, some virbernums, so it's a real mix, a diverse mix, and that's important. Of course we are well aware of Emerald Ash Borer which is affecting our Ash trees and we have more Ash trees than any other tree in the whole state in a lot of our communities and along our trails. So it's important that we really diversify what we're planting now days."

The city received a $2,900 grant through the Trees Forever “Branching Out Program” and another grant of $2,000 through the Power of Trees Program, a partnership between Trees Forever and Black Hills Energy.

Again those wishing to help out are asked to meet at the old shiny diner parking lot at 9:30 am Wednesday, May 10th.