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City of Cedar Falls adding new trees to the landscape


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Last July a major storm tore through Cedar Falls, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. A number of homes were damaged and around 400 trees had to be taken down.

On Saturday the City of Cedar Falls is getting a makeover with the help of dozens of volunteer, planting new trees all over the city.

"Just about 400 trees were removed from around the city. This effort to plant about 360 of them just on the city parking area between the sidewalk and the street is what we're focusing on in the spring," said Field Coordinator, Mark Pingenot.

This is just the begging for this project. Cedar Fall Utilities, the City of Cedar Falls, and Trees Forever are working together put all of the trees back, not just those on city property.

"This fall we hope to partner with Trees Forever and Cedar Falls Utilities again and replace trees on private property so residents of Cedar Falls that had trees come down in that windstorm will probably receiving information from CFU later this summer about that," said Mark Ripplinger, Park Division Manager.

Dozens of volunteers are lending a hand including a group from AmeriCorps NCCC. This group is based in Vinton, but its volunteers are from all over the country including Lauranne Gallitto from Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

"I think it's definitely something I will take with me for the rest of my life. It has made me more aware of different issues in the community and in the country and so I'm really proud to serve in this program," said Gallitto.

Cedar Falls Utilities along with its' Cedar Falls Trees Program donated $13,000 to the project. 

"For the utility it's an energy conservation program because trees have a lot of energy conservation benefits especially in the summer by shading peoples homes and of course they are very beautiful and have many other environmental benefits," said CFU Marketing Manager, Betty Zeman.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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