By Renda Lutz
Des Moines, IA (August 8, 2007)- Finding a cool spot under a shade tree on a hot, sunny day in Des Moines just got easier, thanks to Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation awarded a $70,000 grant to the Trees Forever Des Moines NeighborWoods program announced Wednesday.
Shannon Ramsay, founding president and chief executive officer of Trees Forever, led a discussion about the Trees Forever NeighborWoods project that is working to add more trees to Des Moines.
The new money will be used in Des Moines for staff support, coordination of volunteers, and tree planting and care, said Shannon Ramsay, founding president and chief executive officer of Trees Forever, a Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit group.
This is part of Home Depot’s $100 million commitment during the next 10 years to assist cities across the country with community forestry and affordable housing built responsibly. Areas slated for improvement in 2007 include the Des Moines Area Community College Urban Campus, East Side Softball Complex, Chautauqua Park and northeast neighborhoods.
Ramsay said it costs $150 to $200 to plant one tree of a substantial size, but that doesn’t include maintenance costs. Since 2005, more than 640 trees have been planted by volunteers in Des Moines.
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