Tree Des Moines Workshop on October 25

A free and informative workshop on how communities are invigorated by strong tree-planting and protection efforts will be held Thursday, October 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

A presentation by Dan Lambe, vice president of the Arbor Day Foundation, will highlight the public workshop and reception. Lambe manages Arbor Day Foundation initiatives that aim to help people and communities plant, sustain, and celebrate trees.

Lambe’s Grow Trees by Making Waves presentation is part of a broader, half-day community forestry workshop for city foresters, planners, and interested members of the public. Attendees will estimate the value of the metro’s trees and kick off a regional forest planning effort. Participants include representatives of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and others. Jill Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service will keynote the workshop. KCCI-TV news anchor Mollie Cooney will moderate a panel discussion among professionals. The workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with the public reception. RSVPs are preferred for the workshop.

Tree Des Moines, a new non-profit organization formed to protect and enhance the urban forest, is the workshop host. Metro Waste Authority, Des Moines Water Works, RDG Planning and Design, City of Des Moines, and the Des Moines Metropolitan Organization are contributing sponsors.

For more information, contact Jeanette at 283-4583 or via email at


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