Environment

Local Highlights

August 14, 2015

Trees are a valuable part of our environment.  They provide shelter and shade, help prevent erosion, and add beauty and monetary value to property.  Unfortunately, many factors can cause trees to become unhealthy and lose their aesthetic value or die:  environmental stresses, site problems, animal injury,  infectious diseases, and insect infestations.  In many cases, more than one factor may be involved.  A correct diagnosis of the problem is the important first step in trying to save an unhealthy tree.

February 16, 2015

Iowa State University and Trees Forever will be conducting this informative meeting regarding storm damage assessment, Emerald Ash Borer, tree benefits, importance of replanting, and inventory information.

December 11, 2014

The weather has grown colder, but that doesn't mean Iowans should ignore their trees until spring.  Quite the opposite.  Winter is the best time to prune oak trees in Iowa.

A Quick Reference to Butler County ResidentsBe sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information. 

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)

Iowa Dept. of Ag & Land Stewardship - your source for pesticide information, soil conservation, water quality regulations

ISU Wildlife - find staff to contact with your wildlife questions

ISU Entomology - What's bugging you?  Look on this page under"Iowa Insect Information"

Trees Forever

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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