The Trees Forever mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship.
Since 1989, Trees Forever has created nationally award winning programs that pool resources from donors and sponsors to fund and assist with grassroots projects. We’re also dedicated to working with diverse communities and celebrating cultures through projects that tie to the Trees Forever mission.
We continue to broaden our efforts to provide new and ground-breaking programs that meet the needs of volunteers, communities and our natural resources. Trees Forever programs seek to address:
- Improving Water Quality
- Caring for Community Forests
- Restoring and Beautifying Roadsides
- Working with Diverse Audiences
A study by Iowa State University Researcher Dr. Jan Thompson found that trees planted as part of the Trees Forever Community Forestry program have a 91% survival rate.
Community trees provide much needed shade and can decrease utility bills significantly (as much as 30%) in both summer and winter.
We plant buffers of trees, shrubs and grasses between crop fields and streams to improve water quality—with private landowners. Buffers can reduce chemicals and sediment before water enters a stream by as much as 75%.
Restoring and beautifying roadsides and community entranceways with trees and native prairie is cost effective and has a positive effect on a community’s image and economic well-being.
Trees Forever has provided over $10 million dollars in funding and assistance to local volunteers and landowners since the organization began in 1989. Funding for Trees Forever programs comes from major sponsors and individual donors committed to our mission.