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NorthWestern Energy Announces Tree Contest Winners

Apr 29, 2016

Butte, Mont. – April 29, 2016 – In honor of Arbor Day, NorthWestern Energy is proud to announce the winners of its second annual “Trees Together” student art contest. Hundreds of third graders from across our service area participated in the contest that is intended to raise awareness of the importance of trees and tree-planting safety. Our employees voted for their favorite submissions and we are proud to congratulate the following students and schools:

Vanessa Riley

Billings, MT

Washington Elementary

Sophia Gransbery

Butte, MT

Margaret Leary

Ava Moog

Clancy, MT

Montana City School

Hannah Scott

Park City, MT

Park City Elementary

Angelina Lewis

Great Falls, MT

Meadow Lark Elementary

Walker H. Maki

Belt, MT

Belt Elementary

Lauren Millsap

Grand Island, NE

Cedar Hollow School

Kaytlin Kruft

Platte, SD

Platte-Geddes Comm. School

Cadence Lee Jarding

Alexandria, SD

Hanson School

Reegan Loneman

Armour, SD

Armour School


Each school will receive $5,000 worth of trees for planting on their school campuses or in their community with support from NorthWestern Energy employee volunteers – at a date to be announced later. Our certified arborists will be on hand to ensure the trees are planted safely and properly. In addition, each winning student will receive a prize basket filled with art supplies.

NorthWestern’s Trees Together program emphasizes why trees are an important asset to our utility and our communities, and also shares safety tips and energy saving information with consumers, including:

  • Planning Where You Plant: We encourage you to plant the right tree in the right place, with emphasis on the importance of planning where you plant. Think about the entire lifespan of the tree and how high and wide it is expected to grow before you ever put it in the ground. Be aware of overhead and underground power lines and underground natural gas lines. Always call 811 before you dig.
  • 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 8 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.

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