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Margo Underwood (left) is pictured with Trees Forever Founding President and CEO Shannon Ramsay (right). Margo Underwood (left) is pictured with Trees Forever Founding President and CEO Shannon Ramsay (right).

Clear Lake woman and Mason City man get awards.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 12:18 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 2:42 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Trees Forever presents awards to two North Iowans.

Margo Underwood of Clear Lake has been given the President's Awards.  She is a former president of the Trees Forever board and has been a volunteer leader for both the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and environmental non-profit groups.

"It's critical that we get young people involved in planting and caring for trees, and young people who are passionate about trees should have the opportunity to pursue a career in forestry," says Underwood. "Educating the next generation of forestry professionals is important to Trees Forever's mission of planting a better tomorrow."

Bob Berggren of Mason City received the Outstanding Advocate Award.  Berggren is the Parks and Streets Supervisor for the City of Mason City and has helped the city get more than $90,000 in grant dollars and matched those dollars with more than $43,000 of in-kind contributions, amking it possible for Mason City to plant more than 2,100 trees.

“Perhaps the greatest example of why Bob deserves this award is the focus and importance he puts on engaging students from the Mason City High School in participating in the act of planting a tree. This manifests itself in students coming back after they graduate to see ‘their’ trees that they planted and which they can then track over a lifetime,” says Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever Program Manager.

The awards were presented at the Trees Forever annual celebration in Iowa City on June 13. The organization puts average of 7,000 volunteers a year to work on more than 500 sites to enhance water quality, pollinator and wildlife habitat.

Robert Berggren (middle) is pictured with Former Board Chair and Current Foundation Trustee Kimm Harris (left) and Trees Forever Founding President and CEO Shannon Ramsay (right).

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