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Trees Forever offers spring wildflower walk May 1 in Washington, Iowa

Event celebrates volunteers and Trees Forever anniversary

WASHINGTON, Iowa (April 17, 2014) - Mayapples, bluebells and wild ginger in bloom signal the return of spring in Iowa, and Trees Forever is inviting the public to enjoy the beauty of the season with a spring wildflower walk at Hayes Timber in Washington, Iowa.

Join Shannon Ramsay, Founding President of Trees Forever, on the walk on Thursday, May 1, to celebrate 25 years of Trees Forever, our volunteers in Washington County, and Iowa Wildflower Month. Meet new Trees Forever Field Coordinator, Hannah Howard, who will help spot special plants and trees along the way. The walk is one of 25 special events being held throughout the year to mark the 25th anniversary of Trees Forever, which was founded in 1989. Trees Forever volunteers and other area residents are welcome to attend and celebrate the accomplishments achieved together in roadside plantings, improving water quality, providing more shade for communities, habitat and more.

"From day one, our vision was to involve volunteers in every way possible," Shannon Ramsay said. "We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and their dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Washington. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."

Hannah Howard noted that Hayes Timber is accessible for all, with a flat, even trail. "This will be a family-friendly event for all ages, including our older residents and parents with strollers," she said. "This is the perfect time for a woodland walk, not only for the anniversary celebration, but to mark Wildflower Month in Iowa." The event will begin by celebrating the work accomplished by Washington County Trees Forever volunteers, followed by a hike to identify and learn about spring woodland wildflowers. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary for this free event.

* What: Spring Wildflower Walk to celebrate 25 years of Trees Forever, our volunteers in Washington County and Iowa Wildflower Month
* When: Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
* Where: Hayes Timber, Washington, IA
* Directions: Located off Fifth Street, Hayes Timber is within city limits, one-half mile east of Highways 1/92.

For more information, contact Hannah Howard, (563) 316-0339, 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.

Hannah Howard




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