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How to properly dispose of Christmas trees

How to properly dispose of Christmas trees

  • 1/5/2023 1:50:00 PM
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If there are more pine needles on the floor than on the tree, it might be time to think about disposing of the Christmas tree. When that time comes, there are a few ways to properly (and sustainably) get that live tree back outdoors.
Order Your Fall Seedlings Today

Order Your Fall Seedlings Today

  • 9/1/2022 6:13:00 PM
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The State Forest Nursery online store opens today for fall 2022 and spring 2023 seedling orders.
Iowa conifers struggling with winter burn

Iowa conifers struggling with winter burn

  • 5/10/2022 2:00:00 PM
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Iowa Department of Natural Resource (DNR) foresters are receiving reports of moderate to severe winter burn damage to arborvitae and white pine trees across Iowa.
Discounted trees available at distribution events this spring

Discounted trees available at distribution events this spring

  • 4/19/2022 12:10:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through a partnership with Alliant Energy and the USDA Forest Service, is offering a mixture of hardwoods, low-growing ornamental and evergreen tree species for $25 each.
Forestry grants available to communities impacted by emerald ash borer and  2020 derecho

Forestry grants available to communities impacted by emerald ash borer and 2020 derecho

  • 2/24/2022 3:06:00 PM
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The Iowa Legislature appropriated state infrastructure funds to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to be used for a community-based tree planting program for derecho recovery tree planting. Additionally, through the USDA Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters 2021 State Urban Forest Resilience Grant Program, the Iowa DNR received funds for emerald ash borer reforestation.
Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program funds 66 projects

Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program funds 66 projects

  • 9/28/2021 1:46:00 PM
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The Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program has awarded funds for 66 projects across the 27 counties included in the Governor’s Derecho Disaster Proclamation. An estimated 2,484 trees will be planted in 19 counties hard-hit by the 2020 derecho.
Open house to discuss Augusta Wildlife Area forest wildlife stewardship plan

Open house to discuss Augusta Wildlife Area forest wildlife stewardship plan

  • 8/5/2021 2:00:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public open house on August 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Cottonwood Loop shelter house of the Welter Recreation Area, to discuss a proposed forest wildlife stewardship plan at the Augusta Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Urban Forestry awards recognize local dedication to trees and outreach

Urban Forestry awards recognize local dedication to trees and outreach

  • 4/13/2021 1:14:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – Every year the Urban Forestry Awards luncheon recognizes cities, college campuses and utilities that demonstrate a variety of dedication to the importance of trees in their respective communities. Awards were presented virtually on April 8, on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 
Iowa DNR plants more than 100,000 trees on public lands in 2020

Iowa DNR plants more than 100,000 trees on public lands in 2020

  • 12/29/2020 11:39:00 AM
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The Iowa DNR reached a milestone goal to plant at least 100,000 trees on state-managed lands in 2020. The tree plantings commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Association of State Foresters, as well as the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks.
Cooler temps mean it’s time to start pruning oaks

Cooler temps mean it’s time to start pruning oaks

  • 10/13/2020 1:50:00 PM
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Colder temperatures this weekend mean it’s time to start pruning oak trees with minimal to no risk of spreading oak wilt.  The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to prune during the tree(s) during dormant season. 
Communities impacted by EAB can receive free seedlings from DNR State Forest Nursery

Communities impacted by EAB can receive free seedlings from DNR State Forest Nursery

  • 9/8/2020 3:11:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through a grant with the U.S. Forest Service, has been awarding communities in counties that have confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) up to 200 free seedlings from the DNR’s State Forest Nursery. Seedlings have been awarded since spring of 2019, so if a community has not received its free seedlings, there is still time to apply.
DNR State Forest Nursery offers options to replace derecho damaged trees

DNR State Forest Nursery offers options to replace derecho damaged trees

  • 9/1/2020 1:13:00 PM
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AMES, Iowa -- As clean-up efforts are well underway and even nearing completion in some areas following the derecho that tore through Iowa in early August, the DNR State Forest Nursery is working with customers to select the proper trees to replant in areas completely leveled by the storm.
5 cool things you should know about Iowa State Forests

5 cool things you should know about Iowa State Forests

  • 5/21/2020 2:28:00 PM
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As some of Iowa’s most remote and peaceful areas, state forests are different from parks because their primary goal is management of woodland resources. Forests can be overlooked recreation destinations because of their rustic amenities, but nature lovers who visit will find countless opportunities for outdoor fun. Iowa forests offer hundreds of miles of hiking trails, bird watching, fishing, hunting and even primitive camping. 
Keeping Iowa’s forests healthy takes active management

Keeping Iowa’s forests healthy takes active management

  • 11/12/2019 11:54:00 AM
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RUNNELS, Iowa - It was a good half-mile hike back to the 40-acre section of timber on the Red Rock Wildlife Area that gave Jeremy Cochran and Todd Gosselink time to explain their plans to improve the forest resource on this heavily used public area.
Forestry practices topic of six field days

Forestry practices topic of six field days

  • 10/1/2019 3:05:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University Forestry Extension are partnering to host field days across Iowa in October to showcase practices to improve timber stands, forest health, cost share programs available to woodland owners, battling invasive species, timber market updates and more.
Discover Adventure Along Iowa’s Scenic Backpacking Trails

Discover Adventure Along Iowa’s Scenic Backpacking Trails

  • 7/16/2019 3:07:00 PM
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For those not in the know, it seems easy to dismiss Iowa simply as the tall corn state; however, those taking a closer look may be surprised to discover Iowa’s state forests offer ultra-quiet, serene and scenic backpacking campsites.
7 hidden surprises at Yellow River State Forest

7 hidden surprises at Yellow River State Forest

  • 9/19/2018 10:12:00 AM
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With 8,900 acres of forest nestled in Iowa’s Driftless region, Yellow River State Forest holds its fair share of hidden surprises. With so many different options, you’re sure to find your peace in this special place of rugged tranquility. Here are the forest staff's top picks for your visit.
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