Due to the recent storms, the Tree Planting Event, originally scheduled for Earth Day, has been postponed to April 29.
Pleasant Valley Nursery informed Public Works Director Matt Goodale April 18 that the delivery of trees would be delayed due to weather conditions. Many of the trees are being delivered from Oregon.
The initial response for the Earth Day event from West Branch Community Schools and Scattergood, as well as other community members, was outstanding, read a city press release.
“We are hopeful that many of the volunteers will be able to join us on April 29th,” it read.
The Tree Planting Event will start with a welcome ceremony at 9 a.m. at the West Branch Municipal Cemetery including remarks from Mayor Mark Worrell and Emily Swihart, Field Coordinator/Design Specialist with Trees Forever. Emily Swihart will demonstrate proper tree planting techniques.
The day has been divided into 1 hour shifts until 5 p.m. The first shift of volunteers will arrive around 9 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Melissa Russell at (319) 930-0393 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of West Branch is a recipient of a Trees Forever Grant sponsored by Alliant Energy. Trees Forever is an organization “dedicated to planting and caring for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship,” read the release.