Hot off the Press from Joplin & St Charles County: Tree Inventories, Software, and a Management Plan

Title: Hot off the Press from Joplin & St Charles County: Tree Inventories, Software, and a Management Plan   Overview: funded by MDC TRIM grants, Plan-It Geo has recently completed street and park tree inventories for Joplin and St. Charles County, Missouri using Tree Plotter inventory & data management software. Learn how tree data was collected in a real-time, online software, what reporting and analysis functionality is available immediately, how the Work Order Management (WOM) module will…

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Davey Resource Group Presents: 2016 Webinar Series

Davey Resource Group is committed to providing up-to-date information on a variety of urban and community forestry topics. Our expert urban forestry consultants regularly present at local, regional, and national conferences throughout the world. With our breadth of knowledge and networks, we apply case study examples of how our clients are able to leverage their urban forestry projects into successful endeavors with meaningful results. Learn about Master Plans, Urban Tree Canopy, and more. View…

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We are gearing up for the national public television release of Trees in Trouble. The broadcast is just one part of a much larger effort to get the word out that our trees need protection and help. Many community groups, schools and institutions are hosting screening events to raise awareness about the threats to our trees and why we must protect them. If you want to do a screening in your local community, you can purchase the video and a community screening agreement through Bullfrog Films…

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Put some Wonder in the winter by giving the December specialty packet from the state forest nursery

DES MOINES – Add some special interest to your winter landscape, or maybe the yard of someone on your gift-giving list, with the Winter Wonderland specialty packet from Iowa’s State Forest Nursery.  “The packet consists of two evergreen species and three varieties of shrubs that add color and beauty all year long, but particularly in during our Midwest winters,” says State Forester Paul Tauke. In addition to the seedlings, those ordering this month’s packet will receive a copy of Guide to…

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Backyard Forest Conference

September 24, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wickiup Hill Learning Center
10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, Iowa Learn how to manage your forest while increasing native pollinator habitat, removing invasive plants, reducing erosion and more. Kick off a day full of exciting workshops with keynote speaker Heather Holm, Minnesota-based author of Pollinators of Native Plants and landscape designer specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations.


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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!

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    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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