Extension News

Iowa Forestry Field Days


AMES, Iowa  -- Iowa State University Extension and the Bureau of Forestry, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, are offering seven forestry field days across Iowa this fall.  These educational programs are designed to show various management techniques for Iowa’s woodlands and forests.  Other cooperators in these programs are county conservation boards, Natural Resource Conservation Service offices, the Iowa Tree Farm Program and the Iowa Woodland Owners Association.


The following lists the dates, locations, program content, directions and cost for the seven field days.  For more information, contact your county extension education director or the extension forester at (515) 294-1168 or phw@iastate.edu


Lee County

Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pilot Grove Savings Bank ‘s Community Room, Donnellson

Topics:  Iowa Forest Insect Update-gypsy moth, emerald ash borer; Iowa Disease Update-ash dieback, oak wilt, oak tatters; Grass Competition Control in Plantations; Iowa Woods-properties and uses; Direct Seeding-broadcast and row seeding; Planting Trees Using Seedlings; Prairie Remnants-Iowa’s lost landscape.

Directions:  Main Street, Donnellson

Cost:  $10 for coffee, lunch and materials



Loess Hills, Harrison County

Oct. 6, 1 to 4 p.m.

Visitor Center, Loess Hills State Forest

Topics:  Iowa hardwood lumber-log quality, operation of portable band sawmill, lumber quality, properties and uses of Iowa hardwoods; Harvest in the woods - working to regenerate fine hardwoods, planting and competition control; and Steps in marketing sawtimber.

Directions:  West side of Pisgah.

Cost:  No charge


Hancock County

Oct. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Edelen Tree Farm

Topics:  Direct Seeding - how to do it, maintenance of direct seedings; Walnut plantations - thinning, pruning for log quality, control of grass competition; Planting and care of seedlings; Iowa wetlands - what, how and when; Plantings and Wildlife-rabbits and deer; Trees for kids - Project Learning Tree.

Directions: From Miller, east on B20 one-half mile to Taylor Avenue; North on Taylor Avenue 2 miles to 310th Street; east on 310th Street one-half mile to the tree farm.

Cost:  No Charge


Yellow River, Allamakee County

Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Headquarters, Yellow River State Forest

Topics:  Management decisions in upland hardwoods - even vs uneven aged management, assessing the woodland, scaling for lumber and quality, when to market and value, pre and post harvest decisions; Lumber markets and lumber value; Forest reserve law update; Forest health update and trends - oak wilt, ash decline, hickory mortality, tatters, gypsy moth and emerald ash borer.

Directions:  5 miles southeast of Rossville on Highway 76 to B25; 4 miles northeast on B25 to the headquarters.

Cost:  $7 for coffee, lunch and materials


Tree Farm, Decatur County

Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sibylla and Bill Brown’s Tree Farm

Topics:  Savannas? what and why; soils and plants; oak regeneration and the savanna; savanna restoration-management for savanna plants; Identification of woodland savanna plants; recognition of Iowa’s tree farmer of the year; cost share assistance and management help; thinning for savannas; burning as a management tool

Directions: From Leon, east on Highway 2, 4 miles to Pony Farm Road; south 2 miles on Pony Farm Road to 21675 Pony Farm Road

Cost:  $12 for coffee, lunch and materials


Chickasaw County

Oct. 18, 12:45 to 4 p.m.

Denise Straw Tree Farm and Pine Acres

Topics:  Identification of woodland trees; marketing timber-quality and value, options for marketing; walnut and fine hardwood improvement - crop tree identification and release, pruning for quality; Christmas tree culture-species, pruning and shearing, marketing, insects and disease

Directions: From New Hampton, two miles east on Highway 24 to Panora Avenue (Golf Course Corner); south 1 mile on Panora Avenue to field day site.

Cost:  No charge



Mills County

Oct. 27, 1 to 4 p.m.

Otha D. Wearin Trust Tree Farm

Topics:  Management of bottomland hardwoods - volume and value, regeneration of the new forest; planting large seedlings-weed control for success, success using tree shelters; deer management and control; marketing high value timber; black walnut as part of bottomland forests.

Directions: From the junction of Highway 34 and M16 in Hastings, west one mile to 350th Street; north on 350th Street to 57947 350th St.

Cost:  No charge




Contacts :

Paul Wray, Forestry, (515) 294-1168, phw@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu