Urban Forestry Council
The Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council (IUCFC) is a volunteer council that works to advance the conservation and maintenance of urban forests throughout Iowa. The Council provides assistance and advice to the state urban and community forestry program, administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). We work in partnership with all sectors to address local urban forestry issues by bringing together professionals, academics, government, industry, volunteers and the general public.
Urban and Community Forestry has been defined by the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council (IUCFC) as the planning, planting, and maintenance of trees and forest ecosystems within Iowa communities.
Recognizing that trees and forest ecosystems are vital components of Iowa communities, the mission of the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council is to provide guidance, leadership, and assistance to public officials, professionals, volunteers, and organizations in implementing urban forestry solutions.
Purpose and Goals
- The purpose of the Council is to advise the Iowa State Forester and Council member organizations on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand, and improve Iowa’s urban and community forest resources, as authorized by Iowa Statute.
- The Council shall advise the State Forester to develop, implement, monitor, and revise a state urban forestry plan.
- The Council shall advise the State Forester on activities to further the understanding, appreciation and practice of urban forestry in Iowa.
Meetings, Schedules, and Agendas
Minutes - October 16, 2012
IUCFC Awards Luncheon - April 2, 2013
2012 Award Winners
- Alvin Conkling - Outstanding Volunteer - Badger, IA
- Cornell Elementary School - Outstanding Youth Project/Program
Saydel Community School District
- Evan De Boer - Outstanding Volunteer - Rock Rapids, IA
- Kent Dinnebier - Outstanding Media Partner - Clarida, IA
- Robert Dodds - Outsanding Professional - Extension Region 20
- Lee Korte - Outstanding Volunteer - Dysart, IA
- Metro Waste Authority - Outstanding Local Partner
Des Moines, IA
- Trees for Siouxland - Outstanding Community Organization
Sioux City, IA
Award Nomination Guide
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!
Resources and Links