Trees Forever, Linn County, Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership, and partners are “creating a buzz” this summer through a series of field days and tours teaching the public about the needs of pollinators and establishing high quality pollinator habitat.

The first Creating a Buzz Field tour is planned for Tuesday, July 16, near Anamosa. The tour of four sites will begin at the Gary McCormick Farm with registration at 8:30 a.m. Our program will start at 9 a.m. and end around noon.

“It takes years to establish high quality pollinator habitat,” said Tree Forever Field Coordinator Emily Swihart. “If you plant it and forget about it, you’ll have a patch of weeds and invasive plants. We set this series up to show people what to expect every year of the process, so you can enjoy colorful and healthy pollinator habitat in a few years.”

The tour features McCormick’s pollinator site (frost seeded in March), plantings in their second and third years, and a mature high quality roadside planting. 

Participants will see first-hand the succession of planting from seeding to high quality habitat. Topics like establishment, seed mixes, maintenance, cost-share funding, and more will be presented. 

Register online at, or contact Emily Swihart or via phone at 563-260-1000.

Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa. We are dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. 

For more than 25 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. 

For more information, visit or call 800-369-1269.