Backyard Forest Stewards Training

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Trees Forever and DNR to offer Backyard Forest Stewards training
Two-day program set for Linn and Johnson counties

Owners of small backyard forests are invited to a two-day workshop for hands-on experience in managing their trees and forested areas.

Trees Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau will offer the Backyard Forest Stewards program on May 31 and June 14 for owners of small forests between 2 to 15 acres. Attendance at both classes is required.

The program will provide landowners instruction and experience in managing  trees and forest areas to maximize their health and benefits. Each participant will be asked to spend eight hours giving back to their community by talking to their friends and neighbors about tree and woodland benefits and management.

Topics include:
• Tree identification
• Managing insect and disease problems/forest health
• Forest stand improvement
• Prescribed burning
• Planting and establishing new trees and much more

Backyard Forest Stewards 2-part training (both sessions required)

Session 1:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 31
at the ISU Johnson County Extension Building, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City.

Session 2:  10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14
at Wickiup Hill Conservation Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville.

Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple (discount automatically calculated upon checkout).  Participants will receive a packet of forestry-related materials and lunch at each session. Maximum of 30 people for program. For more information, contact Heath Hupke: 319-373-0650 x 119. Register: www.treesforever.org/BackyardForest

Backyard Forest Stewards is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Forestry at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Trees Forever.

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