Environmental Education Model Grants Program

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2…

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RFA for the Community Forest Program

Tjhe Request for Applications (RFA) for the Community Forest Program  and can be viewed at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/08/2015-25725/request-for-applications-the-community-forest-and-open-space-conservation-program  Applications are due to the appropriate State Forester or Tribal Official, depending on the applicant, by January 15, 2016. For your information, the 2015 RFA had similar submission dates for applications and the projects to receive funding were identified in…

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American Forests Community ReLeaf RFP

American Forests Community ReLeaf RFP http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/urbanforests/community-releaf/community-releaf-rfp/ American Forests emerged in 1875 as the nation’s first conservation organization, helping direct our young country’s surging industrialism in a sustainable direction through creation of national forests, national parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Today, their work focuses on green infrastructure – from bioretention cells and street trees to large forested…

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Tree Planting Seminar

Tree Planting Seminar-Register Now!
Friday, November 6, 2015
La Vista, Nebraska

WHAT: This seminar will focus on establishment methods of trees. National industry experts, Dr. Les Werner from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Jim Flott of Community Forestry Consultants will address factors such as soil fertility, soil texture, nursery stock type and size.

FOR: This workshop was designed specifically for landscape professionals; city employees; school and…

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Tuesday, July 7 2015 at DuPont Room at the Des Moines Botanical Center

With the recent confirmation of the Emerald Ash Borer in central Iowa counties, we have invited Iowa State University experts to the Botanical Garden for a public meeting.  Join Jeff Iles, Iowa State University Horticulture Department Chair; and Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist, to learn about treatment options and alternative tree species. ISA CEU are avaiable.  For more…

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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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  • 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):

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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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