The brief glimpse of snow on Sunday, Oct. 14 might have kept most people inside. However, members of the Grimes Tree Board and volunteers spent their day planting trees.
Trees were planted in the boulevard on NW Beaverbrooke Blvd between N. James Street and NW Calista Street. Trees were also planted at a second location along the trail south of NW 82nd Avenue between NW Springbrooke Drive and NW Ridgewood Drive.
“We’re finishing the event in the snow,” said Lee Goldsmith, chair of the Grimes Tree Board. “Really considering the weather, it was a good turn out.”
About 10 volunteers planted 42 trees at the two locations in Grimes. The trees were donated by Black Hills Energy.
The need for trees in the two residential locations was brought up to the board by a member of the Grimes community. Trees are important for noise reduction and screening, according to Goldsmith.
“When you are living close together, you have a feeling of community because you always have a neighbor next door and you know it, but you don’t always have to see them,” Goldsmith said. “You can have some of that privacy.”
Other benefits of planting trees include, cleaner air, cutting down utility costs, creating shade, breaking the wind and help prevent flooding.
“There’s a lot of research that shows that there is something like reduction in crime levels with trees. There are emotional impacts - people are generally happy, more sociable and kinder when they are in the presence of trees,” Goldsmith said. “There’s just so many benefits to having these trees here.”
The tree-planting event was postponed from Sunday, Oct. 7.
For more information about the Grimes Tree Board, click here. Or stop by a meeting, which are held every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 101 NE Harvey Street in Grimes.
“For anybody that’s going to be reading or listening, come out to a meeting or bend our ears sometime and tell us where you want trees,” Goldsmith said.