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Trees Forever Hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Lands Series June 17 in Butler and Bremer

Hands-on Classes Offered on Native Iowa Wildflowers and Trees

Trees Forever hosts Stewards of the Beautiful Land series

Plainfield, 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 Butler, Bremer and surrounding counties this year.

Trees Forever's Stewards of the Beautiful Land program is designed to educate participants about the benefits 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 17, at the Plainfield Library, 723 Main St. in Plainfield. Subsequent classes will be held at other locations around Butler and Bremer 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 Butler County Conservation Board, the Bremer County Conservation Board, the Allison Park Board, Waverly Leisure Services, Bremer County Extension, and Butler County Extension.

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 Meredith Borchardt,, 641-430-3854 or Jeff Jensen,, 515-320-6756.

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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.

Meredith Borchardt




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