Marion residents get help replacing city’s tree canopy

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 7:58 AM CDT
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MARION, Iowa (KCRG) - Residents of Marion are getting the opportunity to help replace the city’s tree canopy following the 2020 Derecho.

The City partnered with the Monarch Research Project as part of its Planting Forward program to make more than 500 native trees available for residents of Marion. Residents of the city could request up to three trees to either plant on their own property or donate to another Marion resident.

“We personally lost about 50 trees in the storm,” said Rita Packingham, Marion’s purchasing coordinator. “There was never a question about replanting the trees on our property, but to do so without the help of an organization like Monarch Research Project would have been cost-prohibitive.”

The Monarch Research Project provided the trees at no cost and has distributed nearly 30,000 trees in areas like Linn County that were hit by the Derecho.

The city estimates Marion lost about 40 percent of its tree canopy.

Those who ordered trees through the program can pick them up on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lowe Park Maintenance Facility, located at 4502 Irish Drive, in Marion.

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