Volunteers Have Planted Millions of Trees Throughout Midwest
Marion, Iowa (March 13, 2009)- Friends and supporters of Trees Forever will celebrate the organization’s 20th Anniversary on March 20 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa. The celebration kicks off in the afternoon with two educational workshops and ends with an evening dinner and special awards program.
The afternoon will feature a writer’s workshop from 2:00-3:00 p.m. entitled The Art of Putting Story to Paper, presented by Iowa State University professor and author David Zimmerman. Zimmerman will share his thoughts on the art of writing a good story or essay.
A photography workshop, Photographing People and Nature, will be presented from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The workshop will be presented by Bob Campagna, a nationally acclaimed nature photographer. The two afternoon workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please call 1-800-369-1269 ext. 20 to register.
An evening reception, dinner and awards ceremony will follow, starting at 5:00 p.m. The evening event is by invitation only, and will include the announcement of several special 20th Anniversary award categories. Iowa author John T. Price will give a special reading from a selection written especially for Trees Forever’s anniversary. There will also be displays and a video presentation commemorating the organization’s first 20 years.
Trees Forever was founded in 1989 by two local volunteers, Shannon Ramsay, the current President and CEO of Trees Forever, and her friend David Krotz. Since its humble beginnings, Trees Forever and its thousands of community volunteers, partners and sponsors have planted literally millions of trees, seedlings and native plants across Iowa, Illinois and the Midwest.
Community-based, volunteer tree planting projects are still at the core of the Trees Forever mission. In addition, Trees Forever is also actively involved in roadside prairie planting and restoration, watershed management and buffers, air and water quality issues, agroforestry, and youth environmental education and employment.
Twenty years of tree planting and promoting “green” throughout Iowa, Illinois and the Midwest is certainly reason to celebrate. We invite you to join Trees Forever in doing just that!
Trees Forever to Celebrate 20 Years of Tree Planting