AMES, Iowa – The historic floods along the Missouri River in 2011 had many immediate impacts, but in the forest, the signs of stress can take days, months and even years to become evident, depending on the tree species. Iowa State University Forestry Extension and the Iowa DNR will host a forestry field day on May 31 for interested landowners.
Field day participants will learn about the impacts of floods on trees, signs of stress such as soil loading, disease and insect infestations. Forestry experts will discuss woodland management options, potential treatments for disease and insect problems, restoring wildlife habitat, as well as cost share programs specific to forestry practices in flooded areas.
Local, state and federal forestry experts will be on-hand throughout the day to discuss practical methods that homeowners can use to track the health of their trees and methods to alleviate problems or restore destroyed timbered areas. Ongoing public land restoration projects also will be discussed. In the afternoon, participants will tour flooded timber and ongoing restoration efforts in Mills and Fremont counties.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs. Travelers should take exit 1B (24th Street exit) on I-80 and travel south to the first road on the west side of 24th Street (the intersection is marked with a western historic trails center sign). The day will end at 4 p.m.
The program is free to all, but registration is encouraged. For information and to register, call IDNR District Forester Lindsey Barney at 712-482-6245. Drinks and snacks will be provided, but participants will need to bring a sack lunch and should dress for outdoor conditions.
More information and the full agenda can be found at www.forestry.iastate.edu under “Educational Opportunities, Field days.”