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Volunteers plant 6,500 trees in Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Student volunteers with UNI Hardwoods, a student-run organization at the University of Northern Iowa, planted 6,500 trees in Cedar Falls on Saturday.

Hundreds of volunteers spent 5 hours planting the trees in 3 lots in Cedar Falls.

Organizers said they chose the locations based on the amount of trees destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer and flooding.

"There are 4,000 trees that are being destroyed in the Cedar Valley from the Emerald Ash Borer, so we're putting those back in, and on top of that, we're just teaching all these college students about philanthropic issues and how they can help and how they can really make a difference," said President and Founder of UNI Hardwoods Joshua Koppes.

"We're on the front line fighting against the Emerald Ash Borer," he said.

Koppes said the organization has planted more than 8,500 trees in the Cedar Valley in the past two years.

He said organizers plan to celebrate by holding a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cedar Falls.

According to Koppes, 10% of proceeds on Wednesday, April 16th will go directly to the UNI Hardwoods group so volunteers can continue planting trees and offering programs about climate control and water conservation across the state.
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