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Topic and story link     Description              Date 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Johnson County
Please see the joint press release regarding the most recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa.
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. 
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.  
Periodical Cicadas Emerging in Iowa
Periodical cicadas are emerging in Iowa after living underground as nymphs for 17 years.  
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - May 30, 2014
Recent questions and samples received at the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. 
Velvet Galls Adorn Foliage on Boxelder Trees
An overview of the galls being observed on boxelders.
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.  
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.
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.

Iowa Trails Summit will take place June 13 The Iowa Trails Summit will be held on June 13 in Cedar Falls. 
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.  
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.  
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. 
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.  
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. 
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.