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Field Day explores land management strategies used over the last 24 years by private landowner near Zwingle

David Gossman has dedicated the last 24 years to land restoration on his farm near Zwingle, and now other landowners can learn about his experiences, successes and lessons learned.

A field day led by Gossman and Trees Forever is set for Saturday, August 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to explore land management techniques, species identification, cultural history and motivations for land restoration. The field day includes a farm and forest tour of the Gossman property at 19502 159th Avenue in Zwingle, which Gossman has managed over the past twenty years. Please register at: http://www.treesforever.org/InvasiveSpeciesFieldDay

When asked what motivated him to restore the land despite the hard work David answered, "When I first bought the property I saw that it was covered mostly in brome grass and brown, dirty cattle pastures and I could see the potential, but knew it would be a lot of hard work," David continued, saying, "A big part of the process has been learning about and how to deal with invasive species - including making some mistakes along the way, but the vision of what the land could become is what kept me going."

"This is a great opportunity for landowners to learn about valuable local partnerships, explore a wide variety of ecosystems, and learn a little land use history dating from pre-settlement to today," said Trees Forever Field Coordinator Emily Swihart.

Organizers ask for guests to register by August 22. As space for this event is limited, you are encouraged to register early to ensure your spot for this event.

Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.treesforever.org or call 800-369-1269.

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