Community and Landowner Resources

Dying Ash Tree

Ash trees are a common and important component of Iowa’s urban and community forests. Current inventories have found that ash species make up approximately 17% of total street tree canopy for the average Iowa community, with some communities seeing numbers over 50%. The damage caused by Emerald Ash Borer will rival or surpass any forest pest that Iowa has seen in the past, and the costs associated with treatment and removal are high. However, with proper preparation and management practices landowners and communities can minimize the loss of resources and money caused by EAB.

For communities, adequate preparation includes consideration of the following questions:

  • Who will cut and haul away dead and dying trees?
  • Is there an accessible, secured site big enough to store and sort hundreds or even thousands of trees and the associated brush and chips?
  • How will wood be disposed of or utilized?
  • Do we possess equipment capable of handling the size and quantity of trees needed to be removed?

Disposal costs can be reduced with advanced planning - don't wait until EAB arrives to investigate options!

Landowner Resources

For a current list of  certified pesticide applicator license holders in Iowa please see the following:  

For a current list of arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) please see the following:

Community Resources

For a current list of Iowa community management plans compiled by the DNR Forestry Bureau please see the following:

The following materials are useful for educating your community members about EAB:

        Printing Specifications:
Color: 4/4
Size: 4.25" x 11" Door Hanger
Paper Stock: 100lb Gloss Cover or 12pt Card Stock (must be recycled content meeting EPA standards)
Color: Full 4 color Printing Front (optional back)
Coating: Aqueous r, or UV, UV1 on Card Stock
Cutting: Standard diecut to accommodate most doors

        Printing Specifications:
Color: 4/4
Size: 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 (roughly)
Bleeds: None
Paper Stock: 80lb text (must be recycled content meeting EPA standards)

Other Resources

For questions or for more information please contact:

Emma Hanigan
State Urban Forester
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
3388 Highway 22
Muscatine, IA 52761
(515) 249-1732

Dying Ash trees near a parking lot