Congratulations to the 2018 Volunteer Award Winners recognized at the Trees Forever Annual Celebration!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Ken Resch from Asbuy, Iowa 
Ken Resch has been advocating for trees and ‘planting a better tomorrow’ in Asbury by helping plant over 2000 trees over the past 20 years. Ken works hard as an advocate in his community, educating others about trees and the many benefits that come with them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Gary Cooper from Arnolds Park, Iowa 
Gary has been helping advocate for trees for 10 years and his leadership skills have made a huge impact on TEAM Wave and Arnolds Park. Gary’s leadership has enabled many other volunteers to get involved in many clean up days, plantings, and student work days, and more.
 

  Outstanding Group/Organization Award

Garner Visioning Committee from Garner, Iowa
Garner Visioning Committee won due to their recognition of the importance of natural systems in a city and willingness to take on projects such as the development of Triangle Park and hosting annual plantings. Their advocacy for green infrastructure has continued to make Garner a great place to live. 

 

 

 

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Outstanding Group/Organization Award

Fredericksburg Trees Forever of Fredericksburg, Iowa
This group has been advocating for trees for 25 years since receiving their first grant in 1993. They have planted over 500 trees with the help of 660 volunteers – including many youth participants. Fredericksburg Trees Forever continues to instill a sense of stewardship in their community and youth.

 

 

 

Outstanding Group/Organization Award

 

US Fish & Wildlife Service, Midwest Division

A very helpful and collaborative partner, the Midwest Division of the U S Fish & Wildlife Service has worked with Trees Forever for almost 20 years. They have helped with landowner assistance for water quality and pollinator habitat, taught sessions at field days and other Trees Forever events and hosted the Quad Cities Pollinator Conference. Thanks for being a great partner U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!

 

 

Media Partner Award

Nancy Grindle from Marion, Iowa 
Nancy is a passionate advocate for trees and native plants. In her work at Marion Times, she showcases Trees Forever’s many projects and even expands on conservation topics to give her readers more context on why people should care. 
 

 

 

 

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  Outstanding Advocate 

Denny Michel from Story City, Iowa
Denny has been a dedicated forester for over 20 years. Since retiring as a DNR Forester, he has continued to advocate for trees by volunteering with Story City Trees Forever. Denny has since participated in 84 projects and helped plant thousands of trees and many acres of prairie.
 
  Outstanding Advocate

Ric Zarwell of Allamakee County, Iowa
Ric has been committed to conservation advocacy over the past ten years of his involvement with Trees Forever. Ric has invested hundreds of hours over the past four years developing Bird Friendly Iowa, a statewide bird habitat conservation and education outreach group. 
 

 

Environmental Steward Award

 

Kent and Joy Short of Johnson County, Iowa

Kent and Joy Short have gone above and beyond in their commitment to conservation in Johnson County. Their projects include planting aronia bushes to prevent erosion and restoring a tributary to Rapid Creek with assistance from a Working Watersheds: Buffers and Beyond grant. 

 

 

Environmental Steward Award

Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman of Montgomery County, Iowa
Maggie and Steve have invested untold effort into establishing pollinator habitat and restoring a riparian buffer area, all while continuing to share with the larger community the value of the practices being installed and the support they have received from Trees Forever.
 

  Outstanding Youth Volunteer/Group

Rotary Interact Club of Pocahontas
Rotary Interact Club of Pocahontas won for their work in planting more than 200 diverse trees throughout Pocahontas while recognizing the importance and benefit of planting trees. The group has accumulated a whopping 2,850 hours of community service since 2015.
 
  Outstanding Youth Project Award

Southeast Community College in Burlington, Iowa
Southeast Community College (SCC) has shown amazing effort and cooperation in several plantings, including a high profile Branching Out planting where they included students with special needs. SCC made the planting a positive experience for everyone involved and have continued these efforts through their Agriculture Program.  
 
  Outstanding Youth Project Award

 

Matt Goodale from West Branch, Iowa

Matt and the West Branch Public Works Department have demonstrated a true commitment to enhancing their urban forest while engaging volunteers of all ages. Matt prioritizes youth involvement and has been able to educate and excite many kids and young adults at the plantings he has facilitated.

 

 

President's Award

 

GROWMARK in Bloomington, Illinois

GROWMARK, an agricultural cooperative based in Bloomington, Illinois, has supported Trees Forever water quality and pollinator initiatives across Iowa and Illinois for over ten years. From providing leadership on the Trees Forever board, help with advocacy and offering seed for our participating landowners, GROWMARK has been an outstanding partner.

 

 

President's Award

George and Janelle McClain from Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
George and Janelle McClain are long time volunteers and supporters of Trees Forever. George was one of the original Trees Forever volunteers, helping with everything from seedling give-a-ways to flood clean-up. Through the years, the McClains have been a quiet, helpful and supportive family, an ethic that is being passed down to their children and grandchildren.