Trees Forever Annual Awards

Here at Trees Forever, we recognize that our success as an organization comes from the hard work, dedication and support of our many volunteers, sponsors, advocates and partner organizations. Each year, we recognize a number of outstanding individuals and organizations that exemplify our mission. Your nominations help us identify the “overachievers” locally or at a statewide level that deserve special recognition for their efforts. All nominations should have a direct tie to Trees Forever through a local group, serving as a Trees Forever volunteer or helping advocate or promote issues related to our mission.

Please follow the link below to make your nomination for an award recipient to be acknowledged at the Trees Forever Annual Celebration, Wednesday evening, September 14, 2023 at Rosedale Event Center in Cedar Rapids.

Nominations are now closed.


The Outstanding Volunteer Award
Recognizes exceptional individuals who have gone “above and beyond” to carry out great projects and lead local efforts. These individuals exemplify what being a great volunteer is all about. Nominations should highlight specific activities or accomplishments of a voluntary nature and not part of his/her normal work duties.

The Outstanding Group and Organization Awards
Goes to a group or organization that completed a successful tree planting, tree care or related project in the past year OR a local business or organization that demonstrates ongoing or exceptional support of and commitment to Trees Forever programs in its community.

The Media Partner Award
Goes to an individual or media organization who has shown ongoing or exceptional support of Trees Forever and our local tree committees through media coverage or promotion of our programs and projects, either locally or statewide.

The Outstanding Youth Volunteer/Group Award
Goes to an individual or group under the age of 25 who make a long-term exceptional contribution to tree planting and care in a given community.

The Outstanding Youth Project Award
Goes to a group comprised of or led by individuals under the age of 25 that implemented a successful community tree planting and care program this past year.

The Outstanding Elected Official or Advocate Award
Goes to an elected official or other individual who has shown ongoing or exceptional support of Trees Forever programs or advocacy efforts OR of trees and natural areas in their community or state.

The Environmental Steward Award
Is an award given to exceptional caretakers of public or private land.