Dakota Electric Association donated nearly 8,000 tree seedlings this spring, as it wraps up a full schedule of assisting with community plantings and environmental events throughout its service territory.

Each spring, Dakota Electric participates in a variety of Arbor Day and environmental events by donating seedlings and providing educational information and assistance.

Part of Dakota Electric’s active spring schedule included attending the MN Zoo’s Earthfest event where the electric cooperative distributed 1,500 tree seedlings. Many students from area schools played Dakota Electric’s energy matching game and learned about energy conservation at the event.

Dakota Electric capped off its busy spring schedule with a visit on May 16 to the Holz Farm Spring Festival, Eagan, where Dakota Electric donated a tree for the special planting ceremony.

“As a non-profit electric cooperative, we are committed to supporting programs that improve our schools and communities,” said President and CEO Greg Miller.

Since 1997, Dakota Electric has provided more than 113,000 tree seedlings to Arbor Day and other events in the local area.