Monarch Research Project for Planting Forward

Monarch Research Project is a catalyst for action among public-private partnerships and local landowners, focusing efforts on a controlled community of interest (Linn County). The “lessons learned” create a playbook on how communities across America can create living landscapes sufficient enough to flatten the steep downward trend in the insect population (bees, butterflies, pollinators) and associated species. MRP has three areas of focus:

  • Partnering with Iowa State University, MRP’s Pollinator Zones™ are committed to expand native habitat for pollinators on public and private lands in Linn County, Iowa. 
  • Our objective is to develop Monarch Zones® —homes, cities, and counties that are committed to our goal of repopulating the butterfly population. We have established close to 200 Monarch Zones in and around Linn County, Iowa. 
  • MRP is working with the eastern Iowa governments and citizens to establish monarch and habitat models that can be replicated in other communities.

Trees Forever for ReLeaf Cedar Rapids

At Trees Forever, we do more than just plant trees!  We care about the environment; about our urban forests, our rural lands, the communities we live in and our fellow citizens. Our nonprofit charitable organization, headquartered in Marion, Iowa, was founded in 1989, and continues today with our commitment to connect people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas.

Our mission – to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship – is fulfilled through cutting-edge programs and innovative practices.

Following the August 2020 derecho, Trees Forever took a leading role in ReLeaf Cedar Rapids – a comprehensive planning effort to replant and grow the urban tree canopy alongside the City of Cedar Rapids and consultant experts including Jeff Speck of Speck & Associates, and Confluence, Inc.

Interview with Monarch Research and Trees Forever