Trees and Shrubs for Water Quality Field Day Oct.12
Ankeny, Iowa - (October 1, 2013) - Trees Forever, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and LaVon & Craig Griffieon invite you to the Griffieon farm just north of Ankeny on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The topics of the day will be riparian buffers and farm place shelterbelts.
The field day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Griffieon farm located at 11655 NE 6th St, Ankeny, IA. The first stop of the day will be a grove renovation where existing cedars will be removed and information on species selection will be shared. The next site will be a farm shelterbelt planting of oaks, assorted shrubs, and lilacs that will be grazed by sheep and horses. Field day participants will learn about proper planting of trees, species selection, maintenance, and more.
Lunch will be provided at the Griffieon Farm, where Trees Forever Field Coordinator Jeff Jensen will present on hazelnuts and aronia berry as perennial crop options. At 1:30 p.m. the field day will resume with a visit to a planned riparian buffer planting of trees, shrubs and grasses next to Four Mile Creek along Highway 69. Buffer plantings are designed to enhance water quality and improve habitat for pollinators.
"Trees Forever is celebrating its 15th year of water quality work, providing cost share and technical assistance to landowners all across the state," Jensen said. "We are really excited about this opportunity to share with the wider community the importance of trees, shrubs, and other perennials for cleaner water."
Please RSVP by October 9 by contacting: Lauren Zastrow, (515) 232-5661 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information contact Trees Forever Field Coordinator Jeff Jensen at (515) 320-6756 or email@example.com
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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.
Mobile: (515) 320-6756