City of Des Moines Urban Tree Planting 2023

Project Profile

Project Location

Des Moines, Iowa

Project Operator

Trees Forever

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Project Contact

Megan Schneider, Director of Programs,

Trees Forever is a non-profit with a three-decade history of success in Iowa. As part of this project, Trees Forever, in partnership with the City of Des Moines, planted 1,950 street trees. The trees were planted in City-owned rights-of-way and parks, with the major focus being street trees, throughout Des Moines in spring and fall 2023. The main species planted include oak (red, bur, swamp white), London planetree, and American elm. This project will grow local, young leaders, create greener, more beautiful neighborhoods, enhance underserved communities, and deliver quantified benefits.

Trees Forever works closely with community partners to make their projects happen. This project will increase tree equity across the city by targeting trees to under-resourced neighborhoods, completing major street corridor plantings, and supporting youth workforce development through the Growing Futures program. Growing Futures addresses critical social, economic, and environmental needs in Des Moines by using a thoughtfully designed and hands-on approach to give Iowa’s young people needed workplace skills and open doors for them to green careers all while planting trees. Growing Futures participants will plant and care for trees planted as part of this project.

This project is the fourth in Trees Forever’s carbon program. Prior projects include Reforesting Des Moines 2019, Reforesting Des Moines 2021, and City of Des Moines Urban Tree Planting 2022.

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