Jesse Randall
ISU Extension Forestry


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Attracting insects such as butterflies or bees is a simple process that can add beauty to any outdoor space. Extension and Outreach has resources for homeowners wanting to attract pollinators.

This month’s presenter is Jesse Randall with Iowa State University Forestry Extension. He will talk about planning for buffer strips as well as windbreaks to aid in soil erosion reduction, water retention and quality.

Dry conditions are putting stress on Iowa trees. Trees on marginal sites are dying all over the state, said Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach forester.

Residents of Polk and surrounding counties have the opportunity to attend the Iowa Community Tree Steward program being offered by Iowa State University Extension Forestry in August and September 2012. The course, the first step in becoming a certified Iowa Community Tree Steward, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning Aug. 2.

The signs of stress in a flooded forest 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 landowners that had timber flooded by the Missouri River in 2011.

The Iowa Community Tree Steward Program will be held on Tuesday evenings for seven consecutive weeks beginning May 1 for residents of Polk and surrounding counties. Participants completing the program training and community service will become certified Iowa Community Tree Stewards.

Key factors in conducting a safe burn include monitoring wind direction and wind speed, temperature, and relative humidity. Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach forester, outlines controlling an open burn and when it’s not advisable to burn.

The 2012 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 10 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. One of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation, it  will cover a wide range of forestry and wildlife topics including timber marketing in today’s economy.

Members of the Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management Extension and Outreach team visited the Clay County Fair, showing off maple syrup production, Blanding's turtles and fishing skills.

Storms that cause tree damage often leave homeowners wondering if they need a tree care professional and how to select one. ISU Extension Forester Jesse Randall outlines steps for making those decisions.