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Trees Forever Hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Lands Series June 3 in Poweshiek

Hands-on Classes Offered on Native Iowa Wildflowers and Trees

Trees Forever hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Land series

Marion, 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 Poweshiek, Iowa 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, monthly class sessions from June through 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 Tuesday, June 3, at the Lake Iowa Nature Center, located on the main road in Lake Iowa Park. Subsequent classes will be held at other locations around Poweshiek and Iowa Counties. 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 Iowa County Conservation Board, the Poweshiek County Conservation Board, Grinnell Public Library, Grinnell College - Center for Prairie Studies, Imagine Grinnell, Iowa Valley RC&D, Iowa DNR - Forestry Bureau, and the City of Marengo.

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 31.

For more information please contact Trees Forever field coordinators Dustin Hinrichs,, 319-373-0650 extension 124, or Hannah Howard,, 563-316-0339.

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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.

Dustin Hinrichs
319-373-0650 Ext. 124




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