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Many of Iowa's communities have had community tree inventories and management plans 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 to see what trees are in your town, please visit Forestry's
interactive GIS website. If your community has not had an inventory completed yet, please contact local city officals to share your interest.
A tree inventory is the gathering of accurate information on the health and diversity of the community forest. How many street trees are there? What kind? In what condition are they? You cannot manage the community forest effectively unless you know its condition. Tree inventories are an essential tool of good management.
To know more information about the existing trees and to further tree management and planning.
The city can use the results and the calculated benefits to reach out to the public and cultivate a greater understanding of the benefits these trees provide to a community.
With a complete knowledge of city owned trees the city can create a comprehensive, long-term management plan and a corresponding budget.
Using the calculated benefits, staff can fully justify your budget request.
It assesses potential hazard trees in order to protect citizen's property and safety.
It allows the city to make informed management decisions and increases the efficiency of city staff.
It will assist the city in determining short and long term tree management and canopy goals.
It allows the city to move from a reactive system where it is responding to storm events, invasive disease or pests, or other catastrophes, to a system where the city can be managed to withstand these disasters.
It enables the city to establish and determine the direction of its forestry program.
Overall, an inventory allows a city to maintain and grow a healthy, stable, and productive urban forest.
For communities with populations under 5,000 assistance is available. For more information, contact Emma Hanigan at Emma.Hanigan@dnr.iowa.gov or call 515-725-8454.
Community Tree Inventory Quick Sheet