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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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Polk City Hosts Visioning Design Open House

The Polk City Visioning Steering Committee hosted a design open house on Saturday, July 11th at the Town Square from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. soliciting feedback from the wider community on design elements for the themes developed by the steering committee. More than 60 individuals attended the event providing great ideas for trail connections, park and green space improvements, trailheads and more. To learn more, or to get involved with the Polk City Visioning Committee contact Trees Forever Field Coordinator Jeff Jensen at 515-320-6756 or local contact Steve Karsjen at 515-450-2964

Polk City Town Square

Eric Doll with Jeffrey L Bruce & Company takes direction for a trail feature connecting to the High Tressel Trail

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.

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