Jackie Wedeking

Tree Advocates Fill the Rotunda to Rally Support for the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund

DES MOINES, Iowa (March 10, 2020) – Tree advocates will fill the rotunda on Wednesday, March 11 at 9:45 a.m. to hear Trees Forever CEO and Founding President Shannon Ramsay, Iowa Woodland Owner Association President Russ Glime, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon speak on behalf of trees and forests.

“Every year we go to the Capitol to speak for the trees, and this year we’ll be focusing rallying support of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund,” Trees Forever CEO and Founding President Shannon Ramsay said. “The Trust Fund is worth the fraction of a penny sales tax. Iowans value trees and forests, and we need a budget and policies that reflect our values.”

“Trees and woodlands are an essential piece of our natural resource landscape,” DNR Director Kayla Lyon said. “It is important that we show our support for the Invest in Iowa Act to have sustainable funding to enrich our natural resources and quality of life for generations to come.”

This advocacy day is organized by the Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees. The Coalition includes Trees Forever, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa Nut Growers, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, the Iowa Urban Tree Council and Trout Unlimited, and in conjunction with the Iowa Environmental Council’s lobby day.

Advocates with the Coalition of Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees will meet with legislators throughout the day regarding these important topics. Advocates are encouraged to give their lawmakers a penny as a symbolic gesture to show support for the sales tax increase and funding the Trust Fund.

According to the US Forest Service, Iowa ranks 10th in the nation for community tree loss.


Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa. We are dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For more than 30 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. For more information, visit or call 800-369-1269.

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A graphic for the breakdown of the proposed Trust Fund formula