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Topic and story link     Description              Date 
Employment Opportunity – DNR Forester 2 in Iowa City Area
The Iowa DNR is currently looking to fill a brand new regional urban forester/forest health position which will be headquartered in the Iowa City/Williamsburg area and will work throughout central and eastern Iowa.  Deadline to apply is September 9.
8/29/2014
Exciting New Tool Provides Tree Inventory Data on the Web
Many of Iowa's communities have had community tree inventories completed as a cooperative effort between the communities, forestry professionals, Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau, and the USDA Forest Service. To see if your community has an inventory or for more information on community tree inventories, please visit Forestry's interactive GIS website.
8/29/2014
Participate in Residential Tree Programs to Lessen the Long-term Impact of Emerald Ash Borer
Help maintain a healthy and growing tree canopy in spite of the Emerald Ash Borer by planting a diverse mix of trees.  If you are an Alliant Energy or MidAmerican Energy customer, the DNR’s Residential Tree Programs can help by offering reduced-cost trees this fall.
8/29/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Story County
Please see the joint press release regarding the most recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa, in Story City.
8/25/2014
State Forest Nursery Catalog
The 2014-2015 State Forest Nursery catalog is now available for download or by mail. Orders may be placed now for fall or spring. Order today to ensure you get the seedlings you need for all of your conservation projects.
8/25/2014
NE Iowa Transitions, Part 2:  New District Forester
Jeff Seago joins the DNR Forestry Bureau and is based in the Elkader District Forester office.  Part 2 of 2.
8/25/2014
Reminder: due date Sept. 1 - Grant Helps Communities Manage Trees, Plan for Tree Pests
Iowa communities with a population over 5,000 have the opportunity to receive training for city staff, tree board members, and active community members in order to enable the community to develop and maintain a sustainable forestry program through a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Municipal governments may apply by September 1.
8/25/2014
Reminder: due date Sept. 1 - Trees for Kids Grant Available for Fall
The Trees for Kids grant program is designed to provide hands-on educational opportunities for Iowa youth by planting trees on school grounds and other public places, and can pay up to $5,000 in tree and mulch costs.  Applications are now available for fall, with a deadline of September 1.
8/25/2014
Upcoming (September 11-12) Iowa Arborist Association Climbing Day and Workshop in Polk County
In addition to the annual climbing competition, the Iowa Arborist Association is also offering a workshop that will cover Tree Risk Assessment, Climbing/Rigging, Gear Inspection, Tree Entry, Tree Felling, Tree Pruning, and New Gadgets from Sherrill.  Appropriate for beginning or experienced climbers.
8/25/2014
Wildland Fire Suppression Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires.  The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment and are due October 15.
8/25/2014
Treatment for Prevention of Emerald Ash Borer
This Iowa State University Extension article discusses the timing of preventive treatments for the emerald ash borer (EAB).
8/25/2014
Tackling Common Summer and Fall Tree Issues
Trees can become afflicted with problems that can change their appearance and overall health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on fighting these issues.
8/25/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Boone County
Please see the joint press release regarding the most recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa, in Boone.
8/4/2014
Upcoming (September 6) Conservation Practices Field Day in Charles City
This forestry field day will cover a wide variety of topics, including invasive species, prairie management, pollinator habitat, direct seeding management, forest regeneration systems, tree planting management, and benefits of riparian buffers.
8/4/2014
Upcoming (September 8-11) North Central Forest Pest Workshop in Chariton

In 2014, Iowa is hosting this annual gathering of persons interested in forest health in the North Central portion of North America, which will cover a wide array of topics.

8/4/2014
Strange-Looking Fungi in Landscape Mulch
This Iowa State University Extension article discusses some fungi that occasionally grow in landscape mulches.
8/4/2014
Bear Sighting Reported in Clayton County; Tracks Confirmed
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed tracks and scat left near Clayton County beehives came from a black bear.
8/4/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Muscatine County Please see the press release regarding the most recent EAB find in the city of Muscatine.  7/23/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Henry County
Please see the joint press release regarding the most recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa, in Mt. Pleasant.
7/11/2014
Grant Helps Communities Manage Trees, Plan for Tree Pests
Iowa communities with a population over 5,000 have the opportunity to receive training for city staff, tree board members, and active community members in order to enable the community to develop and maintain a sustainable forestry program through a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Municipal governments may apply by September 1.
7/11/2014
Trees for Kids Grant Available for Fall
The Trees for Kids grant program is designed to provide hands-on educational opportunities for Iowa youth by planting trees on school grounds and other public places, and can pay up to $5,000 in tree and mulch costs.  Applications are now available for fall, with a deadline of September 1. 
7/11/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Meeting to be held July 31 in Gladbrook
With the spread of the destructive Emerald Ash Borer insect pest in Iowa, a free educational workshop is being held in Gladbrook to help residents in the area learn about dealing with this pest.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m.
7/11/2014
New “EAB or Native Borer?” Publication Available
The new Iowa State University publication, "EAB or Native Borer?" provides a side-by side comparison of emerald ash borer and several native borers.
7/11/2014
NE Iowa Transitions, Part 1:  Passing the Torch Late spring has been a time of transition at Yellow River State Forest, as long-time Area Forester Bob Honeywell retires and Bruce Blair takes the reins.  In Part 1 of 2, read this tribute to Honeywell and an overview of the changes at Yellow River State Forest.
6/25/2014
2014 CRP Continuous Signup
This Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up is an important one for the forest resource in Iowa. Until recently, Iowa’s forested acres were increasing, but recent U.S. Forest Service data shows the first decline in forests since the 1970’s.  Not only do forests play a major role in habitat for game and non-game wildlife, but also clean both water and air, which are important to all Iowans.
6/25/2014
Upcoming (June 27) Riparian Buffer Field Day in New Hartford This field day will cover conservation practices that can improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and provide wildlife habitat, including field windbreaks, streamside buffers, roadside plantings, shallow wetlands, and pollinator habitat plantings.
6/25/2014
Individuals and Communities are asked to Report Dying White Oaks
After receiving numerous reports of white oak death that do not fit typical patterns of oak decline or oak wilt, several partner organizations are investigating this rapid white oak mortality.  Citizens and communities are asked to report areas where the majority of dying trees are white oaks by filling out survey forms.
6/25/2014
Study: Deforestation leaves fish undersized and underfed
A study published in Nature Communications suggests that deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish.  Researchers say the results illustrated a link between watershed protection and healthy freshwater fish populations.
6/25/2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Johnson County
Please see the joint press release regarding the most recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa.
6/13/2014
Iowa Oaks Showing Signs of Tatters A condition affecting emerging oak leaves, called oak tatters, is again appearing in Iowa.  It primarily impacts white oaks (including white, bur and swamp white), and occasionally red oaks, and presents as lacy or tattered leaves.  Heavily affected trees will produce new leaves, which reduces important energy reserves and makes the tree more susceptible to decline or other problems.  6/6/2014
June Proclaimed Invasive Species Awareness Month
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month as a way to draw attention to the threat Iowa’s woodlands, wildlands and waterways are under from unwanted pests. 
6/6/2014
Stephens State Forest-Thousand Acres Bird Conservation Area Dedication to take place 6/19
A ceremony to dedicate three Stephens State Forest units and the surrounding area as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place June 19 near Chariton.  
6/6/2014
Periodical Cicadas Emerging in Iowa
Periodical cicadas are emerging in Iowa after living underground as nymphs for 17 years.  
6/6/2014
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - May 30, 2014
Recent questions and samples received at the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. 
6/6/2014
Velvet Galls Adorn Foliage on Boxelder Trees
An overview of the galls being observed on boxelders.
6/6/2014
Revised Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Bulletin Available
The multistate guide to emerald ash borer (EAB) insecticide treatment strategies has been revised and is available to download from the national EAB website.  
6/6/2014
Selecting Trees and Shrubs
Creating a beautiful, functional landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place.  The news release from Iowa State University Extension discussing tips for selecting trees and shrubs for shaded, wet and dry sites.
6/6/2014
Topsoil preservation requirements for construction to be addressed in public hearing May 29
The stakeholder group reviewing topsoil preservation requirements for construction activities will hold a public hearing May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines.   5/22/2014
Backyard Forest Stewards program to be held in Johnson and Linn Counties

Designed for owners of small backyard forests (2 to 15 acres), the Backyard Forest Stewards program covers tree, shrub and invasive plant identification, how to manage your woodlands for wildlife and how to improve the health and vigor of your woods.  Participants must attend both the May 31 and June 14 sessions.

5/22/2014
Iowa Trails Summit will take place June 13 The Iowa Trails Summit will be held on June 13 in Cedar Falls. 
5/22/2014
Japanese Beetle Control on Trees
According to Iowa State University Extension Entomologists, many homeowners, tree care companies and landscapers are looking ahead and worrying about defoliation of trees by the Japanese beetle adults again this summer.  
5/22/2014
Winter Burn Showing up on Conifers in Iowa
Conifer trees across Iowa are showing signs of stress from last winter, including browning or bleaching needles, needle loss and some tree death.  This condition is known as winter desiccation, or winter burn.  
5/8/2014
New research shows a connection between tree health and human health A recent article entitled “Exploring Connections Between Trees and Human Health” summarizes research by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.  By using an infestation of emerald ash borer, the study examines the link between the loss of trees and increased human mortality. 
5/8/2014
Wind Damages Iowa's National Champion Ash Tree Iowa’s 114 feet tall national champion black ash was damaged in a wind storm ending its reign as the tallest ash in the country.  The damage was discovered on April 24th by a team planning to give it a preventive treatment for emerald ash borer.  There were no signs of emerald ash borer.  
5/8/2014
24th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon Check out photos from the Iowa Urban Tree Council’s awards luncheon, which was held on April 3 in Johnston.  The luncheon recognizes the accomplishments of those qualifying for the Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, and Tree Campus USA awards, as well as individual and group urban forestry award winners.  Approximately 225 people attended, including Governor Terry Branstad and DNR Director Chuck Gipp. 4/17/2014
Upcoming Iowa Arborist Association workshop to feature Dr. Ed Gilman The Iowa Arborist Association will host a workshop on May 9 entitled, “Advanced Pruning Practices with Dr. Ed Gilman”.  It will be held in Madrid.  4/17/2014
Upcoming Allamakee County Forestry Field Day to include interesting topics and speakers The Forestry Field Day will be held on May 2 near Lansing, and will cover topics including Emerald Ash Borer, Invasive Plants, Oak Wilt, Ruffed Grouse, Native Goat Prairie, Wildflowers, and Birds. 
4/17/2014
Upcoming Henry County Forestry Field Day to highlight several management practices
The Forestry Field Day will be held June 3 near Hillsboro, and will cover topics including Tree Plantation Thinning, Walnut Harvest, and review of a 6yr old direct seeding plantation.  
4/17/2014

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