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City of Des Moines plans to plant 100,000 trees in 25 years

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The City of Des Moines unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to plant nearly 100,000 new trees over the next 25 years.

A new Urban Forest Master Plan just unveiled would add 3,800 trees every year for the next 25 years. The goal is to put the trees in areas with too few trees and too much concrete.

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"Trees are pretty and make us feel good, but they are an extremely important workforce in our environment," said David Jahn, the Des Moines forester. "They lower the ambient temperature. They gather stormwater. Of course, they look good, but they do so much more for us."

Jahn is the man behind the tree plan. He said Des Moines currently has 49,000 trees in pretty good health. He not only wants to plant more trees, but he wants to boost the annual program to prune existing trees. That means boosting the planting budget from $200,000 to $1 million a year. A small price he said to create an urban canopy to enjoy for the next 100 years and more.

"We are really planting today for our kids and grandkids, but thankfully somebody before us planted the trees that we are enjoying today," Jahn said.


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