Story City Trees Forever held its 21st annual Tree Planting Day on Saturday, with many volunteers showing up to help plant trees around the community.

“Thanks to everyone who helped plant, make our community healthier, more beautiful and environmentally friendly,” said Mike Jensen, president of Story City Trees Forever. “We could not have done it without all of us working together.”

In 1993, the local Trees Forever group started its annual tree sale, which offers trees to Story City residents at a low cost, and tree planting, which increases the number of trees in parks and other common areas.

Since then, the community has seen an increase of nearly 2,700 trees, adding a total value of about $500,000 worth of tree planting projects.

The project was made possible by a grant from Black Hills Energy for $3,500, a contribution of $1,000 from local Trees Forever, and matching fund from the city of Story City.

“We certainly appreciate Black Hills Energy, Trees Forever and the city of Story City for all your funding and help in planting and always being there for us,” Jensen said. “Special thanks to the Scouts and their family members and leaders for all their hard work. We could not do it without you.”