Earth Day Tree Planting, April 22, 2012
From the EcoFairfield website --
"'Dig In, Fairfield,' the Hometown Rewards Program kick-off event, is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd. We'll be planting a community orchard just east of Chautauqua Park along the Fairfield Loop Trail.
"At the Earth Day event, we'll be hosting the president of Trees Forever, representatives from Alliant Energy, as well as Congressman Loebsack, Senator Chelgren, and Representative Hanson.
"The City of Fairfield was selected to participate in a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.
"Fairfield's website was re-designed to highlight the Hometown Rewards Program. On the website you can learn about the program, find opportunities to participate, and track progress towards the program goals. We're also on Facebook!
"This program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward."
Below are some photos from the Tree Planting event, April 22, 2012, and a photo of the new walking-only trail.
Over 250 volunteers arrived to help plant 150 fruit and nut trees for the community orchard.
The new walking-only trail wends its way across the wetlands, over a small bridge, and joins the Loop Trail near
the BNSF Bridge. The wetlands were created by the Iowa DOT as part of their mitigation program.
More trees will be planted in Chautauqua Park, as well as in other locations.
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, April 22, 2012