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Mission / Purpose 

To provide linkages to up-to-date information about trees and tree care. This site is a cooperative effort between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, Iowa State University Forestry Extension and the USDA US Forest Service.

The information provided on this site is intended to be used for the betterment of tree resources within Iowa's communities, thereby enhancing the lives of Iowa's residents. 

Emma Hanigan
State Urban Forester

Street Trees

Healthy Trees, Healthy Iowans

Trees and forests can make Iowa a healthier state.  If properly cared for, trees provide a wide variety of benefits to people, communities, and the economy.

An investment in our trees is an investment in our future. Healthy Trees, Healthy Iowans

Iowa Storms Cause Tree Damage

January’s heavy snow and ice has caused damage to trees across Iowa. If you are dealing with a storm damaged tree, it’s important to make safety the priority. Never work around power lines or approach downed power lines. The extent of damage should be evaluated to prevent further public safety issues or property damage. Consider calling a professional arborist, with an ISA Certified Arborist on staff. To find out more about hiring a professional arborist check out the "How to Hire an Arborist" document.

Storm damage can happen to all types of trees, but some tree varieties are less prone to storm injury. This is something to consider when planting replacement trees this coming spring. More information on managing and preventing storm damage check out the "Managing Storm Damaged Trees" document.

Iowa Grove

If you are interested in learning more about urban forestry in Iowa, I encourage you to join the Iowa Grove by clicking on the link below.  On the grove, we post events such as field days, workshops, tree distributions;  as well as current forest health information, grant opportunities, and research.  Join the Iowa Grove today!

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