The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting at 6:30
p.m., Dec. 10, to discuss a timber salvage project at three public wildlife areas in east
central Iowa. The areas were all damaged by the derecho in August.
Those interested in participating in the meeting, may register in advance at
The timber salvage projects are located on about five acres at Vermace Woods
and about 100 acres at East Salt Creek, both in Tama County, and about 300 acres at
Chain-O-Lakes, in Linn County.
The salvage projects were necessitated due to damage caused by the derecho in
August. Tree species damaged along the river bottom include cottonwood and silver
maple. On the higher elevation, the tree species that took losses are primarily oak,
hickory, basswood, cherry and walnut.
“The areas received significant damage, to the point that its difficult even for
wildlife to get through,” said Steve Woodruff, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR. “Our
goal for this project is to clear enough of the materials that wildlife can move freely and
the public can enjoy using it again. Ultimately, we want to restore the woodlands back to
a diverse and healthy forest and to perpetuate oaks for future generations.”
At the public meeting, the DNR will present the scope of the projects, the general
layout of the areas, discuss the objectives and removing damaged material from the
The projects will be released for bonded timber buyers to review and submit their
bids. Successful bidders will begin work this winter and, if necessary, have next winter
to complete it. Work may be conducted from Oct. 1 to March 31, due to the presence of
the northern long-eared bat, which is listed as a threatened species by the Endangered
Any person participating in the public meeting and has special requirements such
as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA
Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or
Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.