Grand River Dam Authority's A Grand Project traveled to Claremore Lake Wednesday evening for the last tree planting project of the season. GRDA's Perry Friedrich, Laura Schuchman, Jay Fleming and Brent Davis were on hand, as were members of Boy Scout Troup 87, Lake Ranger Gary Summers and City of Claremore Horticulturist Phil Stowell. A total of 25 trees were planted during the event.

"The goal of A Grand Project is to plant trees in GRDA's public power communities like Claremore. We [GRDA] not only provide power to our customers, but we are striving to be a part of each of our communities," said Perry Friedrich, GRDA's Environmental Superintendent.

“What better way to add long-term value to our communities than to plant trees. Trees produce oxygen, control noise, slow storm water runoff, and are carbon sinks. Trees shade and cool. They filter air, provide windbreaks, and lend aesthetic value to the landscape.

“A special congratulations goes out the city; Claremore has been designated 'Tree City USA' for

“Its 20 years of participation in tree planting efforts. As for A Grand Project, a new season of planting will begin in November,” said Friedrich

Claremore schools or civic groups wanting to know more about A Grand Project, contact Perry Friedrich, 918-824-1034.