MARION, Iowa (KWWL) -- While the greater Cedar Rapids community is re-planting trees lost in last summer's derecho, one Marion-based non-profit is helping Marion homeowners plant trees in their yards.
"Many of the trees we lost in the derecho weren't on public property," Communications and Marketing Manager John Bright said, "They were on private property in people's front yards, backyards, on farmland. So, this is one of the ways we're trying to get those trees re-planted so our neighborhoods can re-grow their canopies."
To do that, Trees Forever is selling Iowa native trees to Marion residents to adopt for planting, which includes help for those who may not have a green thumb.
"When the adoptees pick up their trees, they will get planting instructions and care guides from Trees Forever," Bright said, "They'll also get follow-up emails and a 5-gallon watering bucket, which will be used to help care for the trees in the first couple of years after planted."
That's all included for $15.
Bright says the trees typically sell for $75 but through community sponsorships, the non-profit is offering them at a discounted rate to make the trees accessible and affordable to homeowners.
Trees Forever has 600 hundred trees to sell and has already sold 200 in the first 24 hours. During last fall's Adopt-a-Tree program, the organization sold out of trees and they are gearing up for two more larger tree adoption projects in Cedar Rapids and Marion this spring.
Once purchased, trees can be picked up at Lowe Park in Marion on Sunday, April 18th.
Headquartered in Marion, Trees Forever hosts and supports tree planting projects throughout the Midwest.
The Adopt a Tree program runs through April 16th. Marion residents can adopt a tree here.