Planting at the park
Volunteers have been planting trees at O.B. Nelson Park in Fairfield for the past few days as part of an effort to replace the ash trees that will likely die from emerald ash borer infestation. Sustainability coordinator Scott Timm said today would probably be the last day of planting at O.B. Nelson Park. Volunteers are still needed for planting trees from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, which is home to 14 large ash trees that will likely succumb to the invasive pest. Timm said he learned today the Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city a “Trees for Kids” grant for $6,000 to plant trees at Pence Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Fairfield Middle School. This is on top of the $10,000 “Branching Out” grant the city received from Alliant Energy to replace ash trees in the city’s right-of-way. Anyone wishing to volunteer is invited to contact Timm on his cell phone at 515-291-2560 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.