Volunteers spruce up state parks for GreenTouch Day

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Dakota Electric Association and its volunteers helped plant 1,500 shrubs and other plants at Whitetail Woods County Park on GreenTouch Day this year. Photo courtesy of Dakota Electric Association.

More than 350 volunteers descended upon their local state parks last month to spruce up the areas as part of Touchstone Energy’s annual GreenTouch Day.

A partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks, GreenTouch Day is a statewide event that occurs the first Saturday in May and invites electric cooperative employees, members and area residents to pitch in to take care of a state park.

This year, 10 electric cooperatives held projects at a state park: East Central Energy, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, Federated Rural Electric, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Dakota Electric Association, Roseau Electric Cooperative, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electrical Association, PKM Electric Cooperative and Lake Country Power.

Approximately 367 volunteers across the state completed work such as picking up litter, painting, planting trees and wildflowers, and giving the parks a good spring cleaning for a combined 1,253 working hours. Nearly 9,350 people have volunteered more than 33,437 hours for GreenTouch Day events since it began 18 years ago.