Creating a Buzz

We’re committed to practical conservation. Thanks to our NEW Creating a Buzz partnership, we will soon provide additional hands-on training and work with more farmers to plant buffers and strips of native prairie grasses, wildflowers and trees. Creating a Buzz will include training sessions and provide attendees with a Pollinator Plus Kit. These tool kits provide information and resources on best management practices, seed and product choices. Thanks to this partnership, we anticipate crop specialists will also help identify interested landowners with marginal lands, which are less suited for crop production.

This program will expand upon the work we’ve already done in Iowa and Illinois to improve pollinator habitat. Trees Forever has more than 550 buffer/habitat sites across Iowa and Illinois, primarily on farms. Since most of us at Trees Forever have “deep farm roots” (meaning a lot of our staff are currently part of farm operations or have family farms), this program is near our hearts and our mission of environmental stewardship. The Trees Forever vision for the next fifty years is that every stream and river has a buffer of trees and native plants – a very important goal since pollinators are an essential part of the food web for humans and wildlife!

The online version of the Pollinator Plus Kit is available here.


This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number NR186114XXXXG005.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Thanks to our partners at Syngenta, Operation Pollinator, NRCS and GROWMARK FS.