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Trees Forever Celebrates Earth Day and 25th Anniversary

Nonprofit marks quarter-century of environmental work

HILLSBORO, Ill. (April 14, 2014) - Earth Day is celebrated April 22, but for Trees Forever, each day of the past 25 years has been rooted in engaging volunteers in environmental efforts that benefit our world. The nonprofit is marking the milestone of its 25th anniversary with 25 special events this year, including Earth Day, Arbor Day and beyond.

"We started Trees Forever because there was a need to plant more trees, restore forests and be a voice for natural areas," said Shannon Ramsay, Founding President and CEO. "From day one, our vision was to involve volunteers in every way possible. I'm very proud that we involve an average of 6,000 volunteers of all ages every year planting trees and native plants. I thank every single one of them for their time, contributions and dedication."

To continue that string of volunteer efforts started in 1989, Trees Forever has expanded its TreeKeepers program, in which volunteers are trained to care for our community trees. The Trees Forever TreeKeepers program has branched out from its home base in Marion, Iowa, into Illinois, where workshops will be held on April 15 and April 29 in Hillsboro and on April 22 (Earth Day) and May 6 in Litchfield. These volunteers gain hands-on experience in the planting and care of trees and become a voice for the trees in their communities.

TreeKeepers is just one example of the ecological initiatives Trees Forever is engaged with in Illinois. Earlier this month, as part of Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership program, nearly 1,000 native shrubs and bare-root tree seedlings were planted with the help of 70 volunteers at the Fugate Woods Nature Preserve in Fairbury, improving water and air quality, providing beauty and habitat and many other benefits to the community.

As you plan your Earth Day and Arbor Day coverage, Shannon Ramsay can provide insight from her 25 years of advocacy and grassroots efforts, discuss the history and partnerships formed by Trees Forever, as well as the benefits of trees and challenges facing Illinois trees in years to come. Contact Shannon at (319) 373-0650 ext. 111 or

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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.

Shannon Ramsay
(319) 373-0650 ext. 111




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