The Green Initiative
Do something big – plant little trees! 

Trees Forever, with partners at GreenState Credit Union and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, are encouraging you to do something big by planting little trees! Apply today for this seedling tree initiative. Seedlings are a great way to plant a lot of trees into a community to help grow the urban forest.


Grants for seedlings are available to everyone across Iowa and in the Quad City area of Illinois to help diversify community forests and increase canopy cover. Projects may include planting seedling trees and woody shrubs in public spaces and some private planting option are available. Seedling distributions events  also qualify. Grants are available to groups, organizations, schools or government entities. 


A few examples of how you can make a big impact include:

  • Reforestation of parks
  • Resident tree giveaway
  • Volunteer plantings
  • Back to school giveaway
  • And more…


Trees Forever staff is available to help project leaders and volunteers plan and complete a successful project.

Ready to do a big thing by planting little trees? 

As part of a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, Iowa DNR and Trees Forever are teaming up to let communities know they are eligible to receive up to 200 free seedlings from the State Forest Nursery. They can be distributed and planted in either private or public lands within the city limits.

Download the application here to get started


Interested in planting even more trees in your local area’s public spaces? Our partnership with GreenState Credit Union makes this possible!

Download that application here 


Email Emily Swihart or call her at 563-260-1000.



Trees Forever with GreenState Credit Union have partnered on The Green Initiative, a three-year commitment to plant one tree for every new member that joins the credit union. The Green Initiative is a three-year partnership beginning in 2020, and is one of the many ways GreenState continues to give back to the community.



Thanks also to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources



The Green Initiative Reporting Form