Volunteers needed to help plant trees

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees in Webster City on Saturday.

Iowa-based nonprofit Trees Forever and Black Hills Energy are partnering with volunteers in Webster City for the project. Trees will be planted along the Boone River, directly southwest of the Dubuque/Bank Street bridge. To volunteer, contact Kent Harfst at 832-9193.

Harfst said he is looking forward to working with the two groups to plant more trees in the community.

“With their help, we are saving energy because trees block cold winter winds and provide cooling shade to buildings in the summer,” Harfst said. “Trees consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for cleaner air, reduce storm water runoff and beautify the community.”

Trees Forever administers Black Hills Energy’s Power of Trees community tree planting program and provides on-site technical assistance for the projects. Black Hills Energy provides grants to selected community within its service territory. This year, Black Hills Energy is assisting 33 communities in Iowa with planting projects.