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Flint Hills Resources celebrates Arbor Day by planting 5,000th tree in Dakota County

Rosemount, Minn. – Flint Hills Resources celebrated Arbor Day last week after planting its 5,000th tree in Dakota County. Since 2008, Flint Hills Resources has planted hundreds of trees each year at various locations around Dakota County, including several Hastings city parks. 

The donated trees – mostly pines and hardwoods – are native to Minnesota. Flint Hills selects the locations of the trees based on proximity to parks, neighborhoods, and natural migratory flyway areas for birds. The most recent trees were planted near the Flint Hills Recreation Complex in Rosemount, which is located on land that Flint Hills Resources donated to the City of Rosemount in 2007.

“Whether it’s planting trees, restoring the nearby Pine Bend Bluffs, or helping to support our local bluebird population, it’s important to us that we do everything we can to promote and protect the natural environment that surrounds our facility,” said Geoff Glasrud, vice president and manufacturing manager at the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery. “We are appreciative of our many dedicated employees and community partners who help make these efforts a reality.”

In addition to its tree-planting program, Flint Hills Resources has partnered with Friends of the Mississippi River since 2000 to restore 1,650 acres of natural riverfront property in an area known as the Pine Bend Bluffs in Inver Grove Heights. This area is regularly used to educate area students about the environment and the importance of restoring and preserving natural habitats. Flint Hills Resources’ volunteer staff members also regularly monitor specially-designed bluebird nesting structures at the Pine Bend refinery, where more than 50 young bluebirds successfully leave their nests each year.