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NorthWestern Energy begins Centennial Tree Project: Planting for the Future: 14 trees planted Friday in Memorial Park

Posted: Monday, Oct 1st, 2012

NorthWestern Energy employees Tricia Davis and Jeff Decker are prepping the root ball of the tree prior to backfilling. Next, NorthWestern Energy employee Chad Wilde removes tags from one of the 14 trees planted Friday in Memorial Park. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

HURON — After a record-setting hot sum-mer, NorthWestern Energy wants to provide some extra shade for some of the communities it serves.

In celebration of NorthWestern Energy’s centennial as a company, and as part of the company’s 100 volunteer events during its centennial year, employee volunteers will be working with community officials to plant trees in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska communities in the coming weeks.

On Friday, 14 trees were planted in Huron, most of them in Memorial Park located off Highway 14 and Waibel Drive.

NorthWestern Energy worked with city officials to determine the best location, and East River nursery provided the trees.

A similar planting event was held Thursday in Aberdeen.

NorthWestern Energy’s Centennial Tree Project: Planting for the Future, will emphasize why trees are an important asset to our utility and our communities, and also provide safety tips and energy saving information with consumers, including:

• Planning where you plant: We’ll help you learn how to plant the right tree in the right place, with emphasis on the importance of planning where you plant.

• The many benefits of trees: Trees provide many economic, social and environmental benefits. Trees generate oxygen, aid in air pollution control, recycle water and reduce soil erosion.

• Tree trimming essentials: Trimming trees is a homeowner’s responsibility, but before you trim a tree near a power line, call NorthWestern Energy and we’ll stop by to make sure it’s safe.

• Trees, the original energy savers: A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but it also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on average, landscaping for energy efficiency provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment in less than eight years.

Community works: When we plant a tree, we’re putting down roots that help communities become more sustainable. We’re leaving a legacy for future generations while creating healthy and beautiful communities that make a difference today.

NorthWestern Energy is celebrating its first century and building for the second. Planting for the Future is an example of the unwavering commitment to serving customers and making a sustainable difference for tomorrow in communities it serves.

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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