At the Root of Things

Racism is Hurting Our Cause—And We Shouldn’t Look Away


June 8, 2020


In any ecosystem, the success of its survival depends on diversity: thousands of plant, animal and microbial species existing in unity to create balance and a thriving environment. The same is true of our human communities – the more perspectives and experiences we have, the stronger we are. Read more

Count Your Blessings, Count Your Trees


April 21, 2020


As an Iowan in the COVID-19 era living in the most restricted part of the state, I’ve heard so many people talk about how fortunate they are to live in an area where we can get outside for a dose of sunshine and fresh air. Read more

Reflections on UPCYCLE Stewards


February 27, 2020


UPCYCLE is a program aimed at removing invasive species from different parts of Des Moines and taking them to the zoo to be eaten by the animals there. Read more

Celebrating The Impact of 30 Years


January 21, 2020


In 2020, we are celebrating three decades of Trees Forever. Read more

A Trillion Trees...?


August 2, 2019


You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion trees globally. Is that even feasible? Read more


Recent Blog Posts


6-8-20 - Racism is Hurting Our Cause—And We Shouldn’t Look Away


4/21/20 - Count your Blessings, Count Your Trees


2/27/20 - Reflections on UPCYCLE Stewards


1/21/20 - Celebrating the Impact of 30 Years


8/2/19 - A Trillion Trees...?


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