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Trees Forever Offers 4 TreeKeeper Classes in April in Cedar Rapids

Trees Forever offers volunteer TreeKeeper training

Series of four classes to be held in April

CEDAR RAPIDS (March 14, 2014) - Cedar Rapids-area residents are invited to make a difference in their neighborhoods and community by training to become TreeKeepers.

The volunteer training program, offered by Trees Forever, is designed for people who want to become more involved in and knowledgeable about urban tree planting and care, and who wish to become a stronger voice for trees. Volunteers who complete the training serve as the "eyes and ears" for trees in their neighborhood and participate in tree planting events.

Classes are particularly relevant as the threat of Emerald Ash Borer spreads across Iowa. As part of the 12 hours of classroom and hands-on study led by experienced Trees Forever staff members and other local experts, participants will learn about tree stresses, such as Emerald Ash Borer. Training also includes tree species identification and benefits, proper planting techniques and tree maintenance.

What: TreeKeepers training

Where: Community Services Building, 500 15th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids

When: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22: 6-9 pm

Register at Cost is $30 and includes a light dinner, an official TreeKeepers handbook and a t-shirt.

Upon completing the TreeKeepers program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to better maintain trees in their own backyard, as well as the entire community, maximizing the benefits of trees for future generations.

"Participants who have taken the class and participated in the tree care events look at trees in a different light, realizing the positive benefits good tree canopy cover can provide," said Heath Hupke, special projects coordinator with Trees Forever.

For more information, contact Heath Hupke at 319-373-0650 ext. 119 or email:

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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 or call 800-369-1269

Heath Hupke
(319) 373-0650 ext.119




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