Black Hills Energy was recognized for its 20-year tree planting partnership with Trees Forever, and their joint Power of Trees program in Iowa. The Power of Trees program promotes the many energy-saving, environmental and economic benefits that trees provide, and offers grant funding and staff support to community tree planting projects in Black Hills Energy's Iowa service territory.
"We are delighted to recognize this wonderful, long-term partnership with Black Hills Energy," stated Shannon Ramsay, founding president of Trees Forever. "Their vision and support has led to the betterment and sustainability of dozens of Iowa communities over the past 20 years."
Since 1992, the Power of Trees program has engaged nearly 25,000 local volunteers who gave over 105,000 hours of service to their communities, planting over 68,000 trees in the process. Over 635 local project grants have been awarded, and they were matched with nearly $1.9 million in local support.
Tracy Peterson, vice president for Black Hills' operations in Iowa and a Trees Forever board member, and Laura Roussell, external affairs manager for eastern Iowa, accepted the award on behalf of the company at a special luncheon during Trees Forever's 2012 Annual Celebration, held on June 15 at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in Coralville.
Trees Forever is celebrating its 23rd year of tree planting and other environmental efforts. To date, through a network of thousands of community volunteers, the organization has planted over 3 million trees in Iowa, Illinois and the Midwest. They have also developed educational materials that are distributed nationally and internationally.