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Craig Ritland, RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects

Samantha Price, RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects

Peter Reyland, Design Intern

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Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

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Lauren VandeKamp

Mia Hoogevern

Korbyn Gramsted

Riley Knobloch

LaToya Ageson

Kjert Gramsted

Cody Doorneweerd

Brian Mogler

Harold Meester

Jeff Hoogeveen

Scott Metzger

Libby Van Egbom

Kate Gerber

Amy Martin

Curtis Doorneweerd

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Lester Selected for 2017 Community Visioning Program!!

AMES, Iowa – Lester is one of 10 Iowa communities that have been selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program in 2017.

The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

The other 2017 visioning communities are Adel, Clarion, Granger, Greene, Humboldt, Massena, Morning Sun, Scranton, and Varina.

Since 1996, 235 Iowa communities have benefited from the Community Visioning program. To qualify for the program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talents to the visioning process.

The Community Visioning program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. In addition, professional landscape architects offer expertise in creating conceptual design plans for the communities.


Community Visioning Kickoff


We attended the 20th Anniversary Iowa’S Living Roadways Community Visioning Kickoff at Gateway Center Iowa State University. We experienced the following events to broaden our knowledge of the community visioning process.

  • Listen to the importance about why this organization does what it does for rural communities.
  • Observed display boards of different communities in Iowa that have accomplished projects.
  • Listened to a speaker share with us ways to communicate our ideas with the rest of our community.
  • Updated our town map to the current locations of important geographical figures in our community.
  • Created this awesome webpage to help get information and ideas out to the community easier.

All of us that attended this experience are super excited to share with the community hopes and dreams for our little village!