Crazy Worms Alert!

Crazy Worm, (Amynthas agrestis), is an invasive earthworm native to East Asia. This destructive pest was found in Wisconsin in 2013. It is known and sold under a variety of common names including crazy worms and Alabama worms.  It has not been found in Iowa at this time.  Please let me know if you do find this invasive pest.  They move much like a snake and jump.  The are such aggressive feeders that little to no plant regeneration can occur. https://youtu.be/Ca7n3Gf3xX4…

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Emerald Ash Borer Resource Guide

How do I know if I Have an Ash Tree? http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/E2942.pdf    Should I Treat my Ash Tree(s): This is a personal decision based on the health and vigor of the tree and how much you want to invest. Treatments need to be done every year or two for the rest of the tree’s life.  Treatments can be a tool to keep an ash tree alive while a newly planted tree becomes established and provides shade. Forgoing treatment and removing the tree is also an option. Discuss the options…

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New Detection of Invasive Pest Discovered in Rural Dallas County   DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the southeast corner of rural Dallas County, making this the twenty-first county in Iowa where this invasive beetle has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.   The current EAB infestation was found as a result of an arborist contacting state…

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Clinton County

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 25, 2015  Contacts: Dustin Vande Hoef, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, 515-281-3375 Kevin Baskins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-725-8288 Laura Sternweis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 515-294-0775   EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN CLINTON COUNTY, IOWA New Detection of Invasive Pest Discovered in Clinton   DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this…

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Tree Law Conference

Please consider joining your fellow arborists and green industry professionals for Iowa Arborists Association's FIRST seminar of 2015!

Click on this link for registration information.

Also, don't forget to visit our website…

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Shade Tree Short Course & INLA Tradeshow

Registertation is still open for the 2015 Iowa State University Shade Tree Short Course and Iowa Nursery & Landscape Association Conference & Tradeshow!  The INLA Day and ISA Certified Arborist Examination is scheduled for February 24 with the Shade Tree Short Course following on February 25-26.  The conference takes place at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State…

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2015 Midwest Fire Conference: Keeping Fire Working for the Land

Dubuque, Iowa, Feb. 17-19, 2015

Join your fellow land managers, fire managers, ecologists, researchers,
volunteers, and land owners - connected through our common challenges of
keeping fire working for the land. This year the conference includes a
special track on fire in oak-dominated systems, including case studies
from land managers who have restored fire to degraded…

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Iowa Grove Resources

Have you checked out all of the useful resources posted in our Resource section on the Iowa Grove? We've recently updated the Resource tab with some new documents you might find interesting.

The new documents are:

Healthy Trees, Healthy Iowans - This publication from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau details a variety of health benefits trees confer onto people who live in well treed areas. 

Community Benefits from Public…

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  • Last year, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) polled attendees at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Pittsburgh and learned that you'd like to have more input into Council activities. We listened to your feedback and have worked diligently this year to gather additional input from our Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) constituencies throughout the country. As we prepare to finalize the 2016 UCF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, please take the time to complete this brief survey and help inform the categories for our next grant cycle! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NUCFACpoll2014

    Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that you think might be interested in participating.
  • Potential New Host for Emerald Ash Borer Studied and Confirmed

    On October 14, 2014, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire). EAB larvae and a partial adult specimen were collected from four white fringetrees up to 20 miles distant from one another in the Dayton, OH area. Also present in the infested material were D-shaped exit holes and fully developed galleries identical to those caused by EAB.

    Based on these findings, APHIS PPQ is conducting studies to determine the full extent to which EAB is able to complete its lifecycle and utilize white fringetree as a host, which will take several months. APHIS is also revisiting previous research on whether other members of the Olive family can serve as hosts to EAB and whether this is a local phenomenon or occurring across the EAB infested part of white fringetree's range.

    APHIS will engage national, state, and industry partners as part of the regulatory decision making process should APHIS officially declare white fringetree as an EAB host and the plant and its parts as regulated articles under the EAB regulations and quarantine. Agency experts and leaders will be discussing this issue to determine the implications of this new information to the regulatory and detection aspects of the EAB program.

    White fringetree is in the olive family, as is the genus Fraxinus (ash). While other members of the olive family, including lilac and privet, were tested for host suitability those species were not considered suitable hosts for EAB. Further study and evaluation of White fringetree’s suitability as a host will be undertaken. White fringetree is native to the United States and grows wild from New Jersey south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Texas. It is a popular ornamental tree that has been planted in other parts of the country.
  • Our two-acre prairie demonstration project at Aldo Leopold Middle School in Burlington continues to expand. We recently added 320 grasses and forbs, so we now exceed 3,000 plug plantings, which represent over 70 species. Plus, the 52 trees from our April 2012 DNR Trees for Teens planting continue to thrive. And, thanks to the ALMS PTO, we'll soon be adding bird feeders for the winter, so the kids can feed and monitor the different birds that stay through the cold months in Iowa. Members of our local Leopold Heritage Group continue to work closely with the school district so the outdoor classroom can be a valuable asset for students and teachers, and the community.

  • Looking good Iowa!

    The following state groups are the most visited for 2012 year to date (pageviews):

    1. Iowa (1,331)
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  • Using School Site Projects to Implement the Core Workshop

    October 6, 2012

    8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Benton County Conservation Board Nature Center (5718 20th Avenue, Drive, Vinton)

    Iowa Project Learning Tree is teaming with Trees for Kids to conduct workshops to help educators develop site based outdoor learning projects to implement the Iowa Core. We will introduce a variety of teaching methods (including Project Learning TreeI) that can be used to develop tree planting, care and maintenance projects on or near your school site that include Iowa Core concepts and effective instructional practices. Teaching partners/groups are encouraged to facilitate planning/implementation of projects.

    This training is an opportunity to fulfill the your Trees for Kids grant requirements. 


    Registration Deadline: September 24

    To register for the workshop, email Karmin.Klingenberg@dnr.iowa.gov. Please include the following information in your email: Name; School District; Building; Email; Address; City, Zip Code; Phone Number.



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