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New legislation makes nursery seedling sales more flexible

New legislation makes nursery seedling sales more flexible

  • 4/18/2017 11:12:00 AM
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Landowners and homeowners can now order smaller quantities of high-quality native tree and shrub species from the State Forest Nursery. Beginning immediately, the nursery is accepting minimum orders of 100 seedlings of one species.
Add a little spring color to your yard

Add a little spring color to your yard

  • 4/4/2017 11:34:00 AM
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Welcome spring to your yard with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Forest Nursery’s April seedling packet. The Spring Flowers packet, a combination of five flowering tree and shrub species, will provide a pallet of color ranging from lavender-pink to creamy white.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 8:47:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

  • 2/7/2017 11:56:00 AM
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Trees For Kids grant applications are available online for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees this spring.  The grants pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools, communities and other public areas.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 12:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 12/27/2016 1:15:00 PM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

  • 12/7/2016 10:30:00 AM
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More than $206,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 83 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.  The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/29/2016 11:39:00 AM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, compelling articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
Plant some school pride with this month's nursery packet

Plant some school pride with this month's nursery packet

  • 11/1/2016 2:40:00 PM
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Everyone loves a friendly rivalry, especially when it comes to our three major universities – Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. This November, the DNR State Forest Nursery is challenging Iowans to plant some school spirit and promote conservation at the same time. 
A place of your own: grown-up treehouses

A place of your own: grown-up treehouses

  • 10/25/2016 2:48:00 PM
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A tree big and strong enough for a treehouse is a tree worth saving. Here’s advice from arborists and treehouse building experts and what three treehouse owners did to minimize impacts on their trees.
Colors of the Driftless

Colors of the Driftless

  • 10/7/2016 2:14:00 PM
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Far up in the northeast corner of Iowa lies a tiny gem of a town called Marquette. The town proudly proclaims to be “Iowa’s Best Kept Secret.” In fact, if it wasn’t for the congenial welcome sign that reads “The People of Iowa Welcome You. Iowa: Fields of Opportunities,” most Iowans would never know they were still in the Hawkeye State. Yet, in this area of Iowa, the sign almost seems like a misnomer as there are few fields to see.
So you think you can mulch

So you think you can mulch

  • 9/28/2016 2:34:00 PM
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Mulching can be the best thing you can do to promote the health of trees, shrubs and plants. It can also be the worst, if done improperly. 
State Forest Nursery in need of walnuts

State Forest Nursery in need of walnuts

  • 9/20/2016 12:14:00 PM
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Iowa’s State Forest Nursery is in need of walnuts to propagate walnut seedlings this coming year, and is offering $2.50 per bushel.
It’s time to order tree seedlings

It’s time to order tree seedlings

  • 9/20/2016 12:11:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to plant trees and the DNR State Forest Nursery is gearing up for fall orders. 
Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

  • 8/30/2016 12:49:00 PM
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Bur oaks are native to all 99 counties in Iowa and are arguably one of Iowa’s toughest native trees. However, this year, many of these trees are showing signs of bur oak blight.  
Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

  • 6/21/2016 10:23:00 AM
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DES MOINES — July 1 marks the 30th anniversary of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, established by the State Legislature when several state agencies consolidated in 1986. To help commemorate the 30th anniversary, the DNR is highlighting 30 success stories for Iowa’s natural resources during the last three decades.
June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

  • 6/9/2016 8:30:00 AM
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In an effort to increase awareness of invasive species and the impact they have on Iowa’s ecosystems and economy, Governor Branstad recently proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.
DNR Seeks Public Comment on Increased Nursery Stock Prices

DNR Seeks Public Comment on Increased Nursery Stock Prices

  • 6/7/2016 1:02:00 PM
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The DNR is seeking public comment on a proposal to adjust the price of tree and shrub seedlings sold from the State Forest Nursery to bring nursery operations into compliance with Iowa Code. Code requires the state forest nursery to cover all expenses related to the growing of the plants.
Grant Applications Available Now for School and Community Tree Planting

Grant Applications Available Now for School and Community Tree Planting

  • 6/7/2016 1:01:00 PM
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Trees For Kids grant applications are now available for the fall 2016 grant cycle. 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. 
Celebrate Spring by Planting Trees

Celebrate Spring by Planting Trees

  • 5/3/2016 12:30:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The DNR State Forest Nursery is helping Iowans plant more trees this spring by offering an extra 100 seedlings to each Create-a-Packet purchased between now and May 13, while supplies last.
Spring Tree Planting - Think Before You Plant

Spring Tree Planting - Think Before You Plant

  • 5/3/2016 12:14:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Given the continuing impact of EAB on Iowa’s ash trees, homeowners and communities need to think twice about their tree selections before planting this spring.
Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

  • 4/5/2016 5:32:00 AM
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Conifers, or evergreen trees, provide color and wind protection to the Iowa landscape during the winter months. However, this year, many of these trees are showing signs of winter desiccation, also known as winter burn.
Time to Stop Pruning Oaks

Time to Stop Pruning Oaks

  • 3/8/2016 6:33:00 AM
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Spring weather seems to be here a bit early this year and according to the Department of Natural Resources, that means it’s time to finish pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt.
Meeting Set to Discuss Proposed Bird Conservation Area in Loess Hills

Meeting Set to Discuss Proposed Bird Conservation Area in Loess Hills

  • 3/1/2016 9:31:00 AM
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PISGAH, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will discuss the proposed designation of the region including Loess Hills State Forest, Preparation Canyon State Park, and Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area as a state Bird Conservation Area (BCA) at a public meeting on March 16. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Loess Hills State Forest Visitor Center in Pisgah, two blocks west of State Hwy. 183, at 206 Polk Street.
Alliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation Releaf Events

Alliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation Releaf Events

  • 2/23/2016 6:41:00 AM
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DES MOINES – A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this spring. Residential tree distributions will be held in Clayton, Hancock, Hardin, Keokuk, Linn, Marion, Union, and Wapello Counties this April and May.
Alliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Alliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

  • 2/16/2016 10:11:00 AM
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DES MOINES – A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this spring. Residential tree distributions will be held in Clayton, Hancock, Hardin, Keokuk, Linn, Marion, Union, and Wapello Counties this April and May.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

  • 2/4/2016 9:12:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., on Feb. 11, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

  • 1/15/2016 5:34:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 1 p.m., Jan. 20, in the second floor north conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
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