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Iowa Urban Tree Council

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 Tree Council (IUTC) as the planning, planting, and maintenance of trees and forest ecosystems within Iowa communities.



Mission Statement
Recognizing that trees and forest ecosystems are vital components of Iowa communities, the mission of the Iowa Urban Tree Council is to provide guidance, leadership, and assistance to public officials, professionals, volunteers, and organizations in implementing urban forestry solutions.


2021 Iowa Tree Council Award Winners  

Outstanding Professional: Cheryl Bruene, Tama County Extension

Outstanding Community Organization: Oelwein Tree Board

Outstanding Council members: David Jahn & todd reese

2020 Iowa Tree Council Award Winners

Outstanding Volunteers: Jim Keller & Bob Sartor

Outstanding Youth Project/Program: Optimist Club of Treynor &                                                                            Sue Green & Jim Newcomb

Outstanding Professional: Sherman Nelson & Rae Lynn Schepers

Outstanding Community Organization: Norwalk volunteers Richard & Cynde Schreiber and Derek Mckay for Brownie Park Gardens and Magnolia Arboretum


Non-profit 501(c)(3)
In 2013 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:

Kevin Conn
West Des Moines Parks and Recreation
PO Box 65320
West Des Moines, Ia 50265-0320

If you have any questions about donations, please contact the council's treasurer:
Zac Hall,

Executive Council

Clayton Ender - President

Alex Buhmeyer - Vice President

Zac Hall - Treasurer

Vacant - Secretary

Heath Ellis - Past President