Trees Forever honors Mason City man with Outstanding Advocate Award
Robert Berggren is recognized for outstanding work
IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 18, 2018) – Trees Forever recognizes Robert Berggren with the Outstanding Advocate Award. He received this award during the Iowa City Annual Celebration and Award Dinner on June 13 at the Celebration Farm (located at 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City).
Bob is the Parks and Streets Supervisor for the City of Mason City. Since 1999, he has helped Mason City receive more than $90,000 in grant dollars and matched those dollars with more than $43,000 of in-kind contributions. This has made it possible for Mason City to plant more than 2,100 trees.
“Perhaps the greatest example of why Bob deserves this award is the focus and importance he puts on engaging students from the Mason City High School in participating in the act of planting a tree. This manifests itself in students coming back after they graduate to see ‘their’ trees that they planted and which they can then track over a lifetime,” said Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever Program Manager.
Every year, Trees Forever recognizes outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates at Trees Forever’s Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner.
“Every one of our volunteers and landowner has made a brighter, greener future for the next generation, but these awards recognize the most outstanding-those who truly exemplify the Trees Forever mission.” Trees Forever CEO and Found President Shannon Ramsay said.
As a nonprofit, Trees Forever engages an average of 7,000 volunteers every year and has more than 500 sites on farms and other lands to enhance water quality, pollinator and wildlife habitat.
Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa, that is dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For more than 25 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. For more information visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.
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Robert Berggren (middle) is pictured with Former Board Chair and Current Foundation Trustee Kimm Harris (left) and Trees Forever Founding President and CEO Shannon Ramsay (right).