Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees Meeting – 11/29/12

  • Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees Meeting – 11/29/12

     Leslie Berckes updated 8 years ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Leslie Berckes

    November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees has a meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 29, from 1:30 until 3 p.m. at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, 505 5th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309; phone: 515-288-1846. Parking is available on the street or in one of the nearby parking garages.

    The agenda for this meeting includes:

    – Update and report from Jim Obradovich, our advocacy consultant with The Capitol Group
    – Building a compelling case for the role of trees and forests
          –Opportunities to tell our story – Shannon Ramsay and Dave Bartemes
          –Other forestry related issues – Duane Sand and Paul Tauke
    – Coalition membership and financial support status
    – Goal setting for member groups to meet with legislators, media, etc.
    – Other business

    The public and our legislators need to understand the importance of trees and forests for recreation, public health, water quality, air quality, tourism, drought mitigation, and many other qualities that benefit our state. One of the most important tasks is to increase the line item budget for the Woodland Health Initiative from $100,000 each year to $500,000 or more each year. A “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for April 3, 2013, so please mark your calendar!

    In a five-county area in the Upper Cedar River Watershed, there are 467 forested riparian buffer CRP contracts scheduled to end in 2013.  Invasive species of insects, disease, and plants continue to be a threat to our woodlands and trees. Our efforts need to be equally focused on education and advocacy.
    Questions about the Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees can be directed to:

    Shannon Ramsay, Co-Chair                                 
    Founding President, Trees Forever                     
    319-373-0650, Ext 111                                               

    Dave Bartemes, Co-Chair
    Past President, Iowa Woodland Owners Association

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