Story City Trees Forever is being recognized as Outstanding Community Organization in Iowa. The local group will receive the prestigious award from the Iowa Urban Tree Council during its annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon on April 3 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in West Des Moines.


The award recognizes Story City Trees Forever’s efforts in promoting and enhancing tree resources in Iowa. The group was nominated by Leslie Berckes, innovation director for Trees Forever.


“I am proud of this group and what we have accomplished here in our community,” said Mike Jensen, president of Story City Trees Forever.


Story City Trees Forever is a long-time proponent of tree planting and tree health in the community. It holds an annual tree sale, which provides quality trees at a low cost to local residents, and also holds a tree planting day each year that involves dozens of volunteers.


The 23rd-annual tree sale will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the former Lone Tree Nursery site.


“The mission of the Iowa Urban Tree Council is to guide, lead and assist public officials, professionals, volunteers and organizations with implementing urban forestry solutions,” said Heath Ellis, president of the tree council.


Story City’s nomination “recounts accomplishments and commitments that resonate with our mission,” Ellis wrote in the letter announcing the award. “We greatly value your efforts to preserve, protect, expand and improve your community’s urban forest resources. Your contributions serve as a model for others and we would like to share your achievements with the rest of the state of Iowa.”