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Trees Forever Hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Lands Series May 29 in Fremont

Hands-on Classes Offered on Native Iowa Wildflowers and Trees

Trees Forever hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Land series

Sidney, Iowa - (May 12, 2014) If you have ever wanted to learn more about Iowa's native trees, grasses and wildflowers, you'll have a chance to do so in a series of classes being offered in the area this spring and summer. Trees Forever will be offering its popular Stewards of the Beautiful Land program to residents of Fremont and surrounding counties this year.

Trees Forever's Stewards of the Beautiful Land program is designed to educate participants about the role and use of native trees, grasses and wildflowers in community, rural and home landscaping projects. Staff from Trees Forever will lead four different class sessions between May and September.

The Stewards of the Beautiful Land program will cover topics such as:

* Native plant identification
* Benefits and use of native plant species
* Design principles
* Planting practices
* Establishment and maintenance techniques
* Project funding

In addition, class members will also help plan and plant a small local project using native plants.

The four-part series of classes begins on Thursday, May 29, at Sidney Junior/Senior High School, 2754 Knox Road. Subsequent classes will be held at other locations around Fremont County. Participants should plan to travel to all four classes for the entire educational experience. Classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and include classroom-style instruction, as well as outdoor field study.

There is no cost to participate in the Stewards of the Beautiful Land program, but space is limited. No prior experience with or knowledge of native trees and plants is necessary, only a commitment to actively participate in the class series and the planting project.

The Stewards of the Beautiful Land program is made possible through generous support by the Living Roadway Trust Fund of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Other participating partners include the Fremont County Conservation Board, Fremont County Economic Development Corporation, Iowa DNR Forestry, and Fremont County Hometown Pride.

To register for Trees Forever's 2014 Stewards of the Beautiful Land program, visit for on-line registration, or contact Carl Barnhart at 800-369-1269 extension 114.The deadline for registration is May 27.

For more information please contact Trees Forever field coordinators Brad Riphagen,, 515-370-1291 or Leslie Berckes,, 515-681-2295.

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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.

Brad Riphagen




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