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Advocating for Trees in Your CommunityOne of the most important functions of your community tree committee is to be an effective voice for trees. As advocates you will …, community community-resource-guide
Aronia BerryPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
Battling Invasive SpeciesInvasive species crowd out native trees and plants in Iowa and Illinois woodlands and forests. Unfortunately, many of the species that …invasives
Benefits of Roadside Plantings Transportation Enhancements Go Beyond Just “Beautification”  Transportation enhancement plantings along our state and federal highways and our county roads are …, , benefits-of-trees pollinators prairie
Benefits of TreesIt’s one thing to tell people that trees work hard for us, but now there is evidence to back up …, , benefits-of-trees community trees
Black WalnutPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
ChestnutPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
Christmas TreesPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
Climate ChangeWhy are trees a unifying, workable solution to climate change?  Trees unify people, and you know that from the excitement …, , benefits-of-trees community trees
Community Funding GuideA guide compiled annually by Trees Forever to assist Iowa communities seeking funding sources for community improvement projects.community
Developing a Community Forestry ProgramCitizen involvement in maintaining and planting trees in communities is vital to the health of our urban forests., , community community-resource-guide trees
Developing a Planting ProjectThis guide includes basic guidelines for project selection, site evaluation, and developing a site plan., community community-resource-guide
Drought Damaged TreesUnlike with most other natural disasters, damage from droughts progresses slowly, taking several years to become apparent and may not …, disaster trees
ElderberryPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
Emerald Ash BorerSince Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in the United States in 2002, dead ash trees have cost municipalities, …, invasives trees
Engaging Youth in Your Community ProgramsYouth bring energy, creativity, and additional helping hands to community groups and projects. Understanding how best to engage these vital …, community community-resource-guide
Flood-Damaged TreesA tree’s recovery after a flood depends on several factors: the species, how long it was underwater and the condition …, disaster trees
Fundraising and Grant Writing TipsFundraising may seem intimidating, but it can be a fun and rewarding challenge., community community-resource-guide
HazelnutPart of the agroforestry tool kit which provides the basics for teaching others about agroforestry; what it is, the practices …, , agroforestry buffers water-quality
How to Plant a TreeSo you have a new tree. Awesome! Here’s a step by step guide to help you plant it properly., how-to-plant trees
Ice Damaged TreesAfter an ice storm, safety is the primary consideration in cleaning up debris and removing hazardous ice-damaged limbs. Look up …, disaster trees
Japanese BeetleWhat is the Japanese Beetle?  The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) is an invasive insect pest that can cause extensive damage …, , disaster invasives trees
Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop OptionsLandowners have many choices about what crops to grow. The decision often boils down to economics and maximizing return on …agroforestry
Leaves of Iowa Coloring BookLearn about the native trees of Iowa while getting your craft on! Print this booklet front & back, flipping on …kids-activity
Native Iowa Tree Word SearchEnjoy a relaxing time with this printable word search!kids-activity
Organizing a Successful Tree CommitteeWhen starting a community forestry or beautification program it is important to have a steering committee that functions well and …, , community community-resource-guide trees
Plant Some SavingsTrees are a practical, low-cost, common sense way to save energy for homes and other buildings. According to the US …, benefits-of-trees trees
Planting a Better Tomorrow Coloring BookEnjoy this relaxing coloring book while exploring the great outdoors!kids-activity
Planting for LivestockBe a Good Neighbor: Plant Trees, Shrubs and Native Plants! Properly placed trees, shrubs and prairie plants provide many benefits …agroforestry
Pollinator CraftLearn about our pollinator friends: the butterflies! Enjoy this educational craft at home with your kids.kids-activity
Pollinator PrimerPollinators are vitally important to humans and wildlife. Bees, butterflies, moths, other insects and hummingbirds are “keystone” species – that …, , pollinators prairie trees
Project Learning TreeFun at home activities you can do with your kids to teach them about trees and how important they are!kids-activity
Purchasing TreesAcquiring quality nursery stock is key to ensuring long-term success of each tree – whether you’re a homeowner purchasing a single tree for …, community community-resource-guide
Recommended Shade Trees (Dense)Recommended Shade Trees- Dense Shading, how-to-plant trees
Recommended Shade Trees (Moderate)Recommended Shade Trees- Sparse to Moderate Shading, how-to-plant trees
Recommended Tree Species (Windbreaks)Recommended Tree Species for Windbreaks, how-to-plant trees
Recover, Replant, Restore!Trees Forever’s Recover, Replant, Restore! program assists communities in central and southern Illinois to build healthy and diverse community forests., , community disaster trees
Recruiting and Coordinating VolunteersAs volunteers working for local tree programs, you have an important role to play in helping others in the community understand the …, community community-resource-guide
Replanting Trees After Natural DisastersWhen a natural disaster strikes, the urban forest suffers, and the community loses some of these benefits. After immediate public …, disaster trees
Residential Tree Planting Guide Planting trees in your neighborhood helps the entire community. Trees help homeowners save energy, keep your neighborhood cooler in the …, community community-resource-guide
Selecting Tree SpeciesThere are many factors to consider when selecting trees. What might work well at one location in your community may not be appropriate …, community community-resource-guide
Spreading the Canopy: Trees & Public HealthPromoting Nature as Key to Healthy Communities. We hope you will use this Spreading the Canopy Report to inspire and …, , benefits-of-trees community trees
Strike Team BrochureOur partners can help your community plan for a healthy urban forest by assisting with an inventory of city trees, …, , community disaster trees
Successful Tree Planting Projects and EventsCareful and early planning of a tree-planting project is the key to success, community community-resource-guide
Tree Care GuideTaking care of trees is a lifelong commitment and critical to helping trees reach their maximum size, life span, and potential., community community-resource-guide
Tree Coloring PagesEnjoy these downloadable coloring pages while you learn about different leaf shapes, trees, and photosynthesis!kids-activity
Tree Planting GuideGetting a tree off to a good start at the time of planting is critical for its long-term health., community community-resource-guide
Tree Selection Aid (With Power Lines)Tree Selection Aid: For linear sites with overhead power lines, how-to-plant trees
Tree Selection Aid (Without Power Lines)Tree Selection Aid: For linear sites without overhead power lines, how-to-plant trees
Tree Species Guide (2021-22) Use this list as a guide when selecting trees for your project. , , community how-to-plant trees
Trees and Public HealthTrees and green space are essential to our well-being. Beautiful tree-lined streets encourage walking. Shaded, lush yards and parks entice …, , benefits-of-trees community trees
Trees and Shrubs for PollinatorsPollinators need a diverse mix of blooming flowers all through the growing season for forage (April-October). Native tree and shrub …pollinators
Understanding Tax-Exempt StatusIt is important to understand that tax-exempt status and exemption from paying sales tax are two entirely different issues., community community-resource-guide
Using Media EffectivelyThe media can share the story of what you are doing with your tree-planting program. It can get the word out that …, community community-resource-guide
Why Trees MatterAt Trees Forever, our staff’s passion for our work is obvious. We love what we do, and we show it …, benefits-of-trees trees
Wind-Damaged TreesSafety First! After a windstorm, safe clean-up of tree debris is the first priority. Always stay clear of downed power …, disaster trees
Working for Water QualityWater. It’s the most valuable natural resource we have on Earth. Yet the availability of clean, healthy water has become …, buffers water-quality