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14,535 Trees

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In the next three weeks an army of 3,318 individuals will receive and plant 14, 535 trees as part of our Planting Forward program. The Planting Forward program started in 2020 and, with the trees arriving in April, will have facilitated the distribution and planting of over 40,000 native trees.  The program has a goal…

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Young Prairie Becomes Dazzling Pollinator Zone

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It’s amazing what can be done with a dream, a plan, and some serious effort!  Anne Armitage shared photos of her 1-year-old, nearly one-acre prairie that has ‘wowed’ the team at Monarch Research.  When we asked Anne the secret to her success, she graciously shared the following details. After making the commitment to creating the…

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Strategic Financial Solutions (SFS) Plants Forward

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In 2021, Monarch Research founder Clark McLeod spoke at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary Club about the need to replenish, restore and replace the damaged tree canopy in Linn County due to the 2020 Derecho. Strategic Financial Solutions President Larry Witzel was in the audience and knew this was a program he could support and…

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Planting Forward for Woodlands in the news

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We have been busy promoting the Planting Forward for Woodlands program! Listen to Clark’s interview with Doug Wagner on WMT on February 2, 2022: Planting Forward is a local effort to replant our trees on private property. If you missed this weekend’s Gazette, check out Marissa Payne’s article: Help for large landowners who lost trees…

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Tree Orders OPEN: Planting Forward for Woodlands

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Planting Forward for Woodlands IOWA NATIVE TREE RESTORATION Planting Forward for Woodlands was developed by Monarch Research in response to the loss of native trees during the 2020 Derecho. The program embraces the critical need for fast-growing, low-cost, NATIVE tree restoration. This program is geared toward Linn County Landowners with three or more acres of…

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Planting Forward for Woodlands: Coming Soon

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Woodland Planting Forward program coming soon!

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30,000 Trees!

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The Monarch Research Project is providing trees to EVERY school employee across Linn and Benton counties!  Nearly 8,000 native Iowa trees will be planted this October. All trees are free of charge and will be delivered to school sites in mid-October. Employees at 15 school districts and the Grant Wood AEA selected trees from 25…

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October is Monarch and Milkweed Month: get free seeds!

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In recognition of October being named “Monarch and Milkweed Month” in Cedar Rapids, residents are invited to request free milkweed seed through a mail-in giveaway. Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart signed the National Wildlife Association’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in 2021. More than 600 mayors across the nation have signed the pledge. The pledge commits the…

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Planting Forward: Spring Recap

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In April we launched the first Planting Forward efforts in Linn County. We partnered with several organizations, including Unity Point Health Systems, Mercy Hospital, and Linn County & Conservation to distribute thousands of trees to their employees and friends. We are grateful to to the Unity Point/St. Luke’s Foundation for their continued input as we develop…

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Winter Milkweed Sowing

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Mike has been drinking a lot of milk! And he’s doing spring work. Here are his steps for using gallon or half gallon sized milk jugs for winter sowing of milkweed: Steps 1-4 Step 1: Wash/Rinse a gallon or half-gallon sized milk jug (our images show a gallon size) Step 2: take a Sharpie and…

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