FARMINGTON, Minn. (May 21, 2009) — Dakota Electric Association donated nearly 8,000 tree seedlings this spring as it wraps up a busy schedule of assisting with plantings and environmental events in communities throughout its service territory.

Each spring, Dakota Electric participates in a variety of Arbor Day and environmental events by donating seedlings, providing educational information and assistance and even using a digger derrick to prepare a few tree planting locations by digging holes.

Dakota Electric’s active spring schedule is capped off this Friday by its involvement with the Tree Trust planting at Southview Elementary in Apple Valley. Tree Trust is a non-profit organization that helps schools design and plant outdoor learning centers that provide ongoing environmental education opportunities. Dakota Electric has sponsored the program at area schools since 1998, impacting more than 13,000 students at 19 schools.

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

Since 1997, Dakota Electric has provided nearly 106,000 tree seedlings to Arbor Day and other events in the local area.