New trees will soon be planted in Anniston and Jacksonville thanks to recent grants from Alabama Power.

According to a Thursday press release, the Alabama Power Foundation has awarded $1,000 grants to the Anniston Museum of Natural History, the city of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University to purchase and plant trees.

"The checks have already been presented," said Jacki Thacker, Alabama Power spokeswoman, adding that the checks were awarded in the last three weeks.

Thacker said she did not know when the trees will be planted, but noted that Alabama Power will be available to help in the planting process.

With its partnership with the Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, the foundation provides grants through its Good Roots program to cities, towns and nonprofits to purchase trees and improve communities. This year, the foundation has awarded 38 grants totalling more than $33,000. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $650,000 in Good Roots grants.

"Helping to keep our state vibrant and healthy is a top priority for Alabama Power," Julia Segars, Alabama Power eastern division vice president, was quoted as saying in a press release. "We are excited to be awarding so many worthy recipients in the eastern division this year and look forward to seeing the impact in the community."

Each year, the Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants using non-ratepayer money. Since it was founded in 1989 with an investment by Alabama Power shareholders, the foundation has given more than $140 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.