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New Trees For Gladbrook

February 10, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
A $1000 Alliant Energy Branching Out grant for 2011 matched by local sponsors enabled Gladbrook Trees Forever (GTF) to plant 65 trees in the Gladbrook area.  Matching local sponsors of the Alliant Energy Branching Out grant were the City Council, Great Western Bank, Gethmann Foundation, Commercial Club, Linda Goos, and several anonymous donors.  Contributions received in memory of loved ones were dedicated to the following people:  Pauline Halverson, Roger Goos, Kenneth Sanderson, Patricia Edwards, Warren Booth, Carl Hof, Gerald Raum, Roger Eggers, Ted Schultz, Marilyn Thoms, and Curtis Ohrt. Gifts in kind were received from Carl Wheeler and Dennis King for transporting trees from the nursery, Northern Sun-Print for publicity, and community volunteers supporting the mission of Trees Forever. Trees Forever national headquarters selected Gladbrook as a pilot community to participate in the Green Force program involving students and young adults in tree planting projects.  Boy Scout Troop 327 planted 5 Black Hillls spruce at the home of Mrs. Maxine Schoel, Peace United Church of Christ Senior Youth Fellowship planted 1 Japanese tree lilac at the church parsonage, and the Gladbrook Reinbeck High School Renovation Club planted 1 red oak at the City Park. GTF financially assisted  the remaining 57 trees at the following locations:  Roger Gardner, 1 sunset maple and 1 royal maple; Steve Schmitz 20 arborvitae; Rev. Kim Wilson, 15 Norway spruce; Dennis Barnes, 1 swamp white oak; Keith DeWitt, 2 spring snow crabapple; Richard Klinefelter, 1 tulip tree, 1 pink spire crabapple, 1 cherry tree; David Terpstra, 1 bloodgood maple; Andy Bledsoe, 2 bloodgood maple; Jessica Ingham, 1 redbud; Barbara Arp, 1 arborvitae; Dick Denbow, 1 white oak, 1 royal red maple, 1 autumn blaze maple; Brent Beichley, 1 autumn blaze maple; Cornell Gethmann, 1 autumn blaze maple; United Methodist parsonage, 3 red oak.   If you take a scenic drive around Union Grove Lake, take a “gander” look at the 2 new red oak trees planted at the home of Mark and Linda Goos.  DNR Officer Roger Thompson has estimated that several thousand trees were destroyed at Union Grove State Park during the July windstorm that raged through Central Iowa.   In September, GTF committee members Erwin Maas and John Clausen and their wives attended seminars in Dysart and Vinton Forever on storm damaged trees and tree replacement presented by Iowa State University Extension, Iowa DNR Forestry, Tama County Extension, and Trees Forever. GTF committee members for 2010 were John Clausen, Roland Dahms, Mark, Lowry, Erwin Maas, Terry Purvis, Roger Thompson, and Sean Williams.   Youth Leaders assisting GTF with the Green Force projects were Boy Scouts: Kim Barnes and Tammi Pierce; Peace United Church of Christ Youth Fellowship: Deb and Jim Osborn; Gladbrook Reinbeck High School Renovation Club: Mr. Boheman and project chairperson Claire Reinhard.  Several interested citizens attended GTF meetings and Green Force presentations. GTF has applied to Trees Forever national headquarters for a 2012 Alliant Energy Branching Out grant and has applied to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Arbor Day Foundation for the 2011 Tree City USA Recertification and Growth Awards. 


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