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Community volunteers to plant trees Nov. 10 at KRUU

Nov 02, 2012

KRUU 100.1 FM, Fairfield’s solar-powered grassroots, community radio station will have a tree planting project from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 on the station grounds thanks to a grant from the Trees Forever foundation.

Everyone in the community is invited to join in the planting for half an hour, half a day or whatever time is comfortable.

Fifty arborvitae trees will be planted along the railroad tracks, serving as both a windbreak and a sound barrier for the station and the education and resource center. Experienced landscape specialist Gary Garles, who works for Bob Lenc Landscaping of Des Moines, is the go-to guy on the project.

“In addition to buffering the sound and beautifying the landscape, the planting will also add to the ecology and wildlife of the area,” he explained.

Garles hosts two radio shows on KRUU, “Centripetal Sounds” and “Rainbow Rider” and is a longtime active participant with Trees Forever. He has conducted many such plantings in and around Jefferson County.

“Trees Forever is a remarkable organization especially with key longtime partners like Alliant Energy,” said Garles. “These plantings are always so much fun to be a part of. Just bring a shovel if you have one, some gloves and a little community spirit.”

With more than 3 million trees planted, the Marion-based organization has touched countless communities in Iowa.

“We feel really honored to have received this grant,” said KRUU co-founder and station manager James Moore. “I love their motto: ‘Together We Grow’ which could easily be a slogan for community radio. Our volunteer hosts, the tower, solar power, remote mobile bus, permaculture gardens, marmoleum floor, furniture, records, shelves, windows, even the roof — done as a Troop 64 Eagle Scout community service project — have all been donated by the community, along with several grants from the state of Iowa and Greater Jefferson County Foundation.”

Earlier this year, in the spring, KRUU teamed up with Trees Forever, Alliant’s Hometown Rewards program, Fairfield Volunteer Center and Hy-Vee for “Dig In Fairfield” at Chautauqua Park, a major planting that kicked off Earth Week. A number of dignitaries attended the all-day event including the president of Trees Forever, Shannon Ramsay, the visionary who founded the organization back in 1989.

“Trees are one of the best-engineered things,” Ramsay said. “Our native plants have been around for millions of years and, as you know, they can do amazing things. And this community really gets that.”

The tree-planting event will be held Nov. 10 rain or shine. Dress appropriately.

Refreshments will be served.


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