Rain delays annual tree planting

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—submitted by Mike Jensen

On Saturday May 3, the day scheduled for the 18th. annual Story City Trees Forever Tree Planting, with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, their parents and the Trees Forever membership, inclement weather unfortunately canceled the event. It was so wet, rainy and muddy, after it had rained off and on all week, that the planting holes were full of water. Trying to get things dried out and posting a new planting date just didn’t work out. Rains off and on over the next couple of weeks, and with high school graduation and everyone’s schedules just too busy, it was impossible to get a group together to plant the trees.

With 32 trees still at the nursery waiting to get planted, a few of the Story City Trees Forever members started planting some of the trees every chance they had. Over the next 40 days or more a small group, working when ever they could, finally finished up on Friday, June 13, planting the last of the 32 trees.

“We appreciate the help received from everyone to get the job completed,” said Mayor Mike Jensen, “now we will keep the new trees watered and cared for over the next three years, then turn the maintenance over to the city. We will hope for better weather next spring, so we can once again have the scouts, with all their energy, help with our 19th Annual Tree Planting.”

The trees planted in Story City since 1993 when Story City became a Trees Forever Chapter, have increased the community tree population by 2,422 trees, adding up to $443,500 of tree value for Story City.

All this has been made possible through grant funding by the city’s natural gas utility, Black Hills Energy, matching funds through the City, administered through Trees Forever, and a lot of hard work by local Story City Trees Forever members, Scouts, their leaders and parents. They helped to plant, water and care for all of the trees, and made the community a more beautiful and healthy place to live.

Thanks to all who have been a part of this wonderful community improvement project.