The Iowa Urban Tree Council (IUTC) 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.
This year the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council became a non-profit. With our new status we have had a name change and are now the Iowa Urban Tree Council. This process was done so the council could become more active in advancing urban forestry throughout Iowa.
With the Council's 501(c)(3) status it can now accept donations.
If you would like to support the Iowa Urban Tree Council's mission please send your donation, made out to the Iowa Urban Tree Council, to:
Iowa Urban Tree Council
100 Court Avenue, Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
If you have any questions about donations please contact the Council's treasurer:
Stephanie Houk-Sheetz - President
Heath Ellis - Vice President
Kevin Conn - Treasurer
Meetings, Schedules, and Agendas
Minutes - October 16, 2012
IUTC Awards Luncheon - April 3, 2014
Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston, Iowa
The 2014 Luncheon will be attended by over 200 participants, who are active and passionate about maintaining and building their urban forest resource. The luncheon gives people a chance to network and discuss ways their community or organization can advance urban forestry in Iowa.
The Luncheon honors:
If you know of a person or organization that has done work to advance urban forestry in Iowa please use the guide below to nominate them for an award.
- Tree City USA winners
- Tree Campus USA winners
- Tree Line Usa Winners
- Outstanding Volunteer, Professional, Youth Project/Program, Community Organization, Local Partner, Media Partner, and Civic Leader Awards.
Awards Nomination Guide
IUCFC Awards Luncheon -April 2, 2013
- 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
If you are interested in learning more about urban forestry in Iowa, you are encourage you to join the Iowa Grove by clicking on the link below. On the grove, events are posted such as: field days, workshops, tree distributions as well as current forest health information, grant opportunities, and research. Join theIowa Grove today!
Resources and Links
For any general questions about the Iowa Urban Tree Council Please contact: