Direction of Forest Reserve Program Topic of Public Meetings
Posted: 09/20/2011
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau is hosting six meetings across the state to discuss the potential changes to the Forest Reserve Program to Iowa landowners.

Two proposed bills impacting the Forest Reserve Program include House File 680 that would eliminate the tax exemption in 2021 and House File 681 that would limit landowners to enrolling only 15 percent of their available acres in the Forest Reserve Program and it included provisions penalizing landowners who enroll in Forest Reserve Program and lease-hunt their enrolled acres.

Each meeting will have a 30 minute presentation followed by a chance for the public to speak about the Forest Reserve Program and the legislative proposals.  Comments will be collected for the legislators as they discuss the future of the program.  The meetings are planned for two hours.

Meetings are planned for Oct. 4, 8 a.m., at Pilot Grove Savings Bank, 506 North Main St., Donnellson; Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m., Yellow River State Forest, 729 State Forest Road; Oct. 11, 7 p.m., State Forest Nursery, 2404 South Duff Ave., Ames; Oct. 13, 7 p.m., EB Lyons Interpretive Center (Mines of Spain State Park), 8991 Bellevue Hts., Dubuque; Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Pin Oak Marsh, south of Chariton on Hwy. 14; Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Loess Hills State Forest, 206 Polk St., Pisgah.

The meetings on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 will be held in conjunction with the Shimek and Yellow River forestry field days.  Attendees should plan to arrive 15 minutes early for registration. 

If planning to attend the field day session, contact Jesse Randall at 515-294-1168. Lunch will be provided for the field day session.

More information on the field days is available:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/