AMES, Iowa — A self-driven tour led by forestry specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Floyd and Mitchell counties will show Iowans some of the ways healthy forests can improve water quality and the value of land.
“From the Stream to the Forest: Conservation Practices for Producers and Landowners” will be held June 22 in Floyd and Mitchell counties, in north central Iowa, and includes a visit to the Tjaden family’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program wetland, two riparian forest buffer sites, an upland forest site and an oak savanna.
The goal is to show Iowans some realistic examples of how healthy forests and water quality are related, and some practices private landowners can implement if they choose.
“We know a lot about buffers and the benefits in Iowa, but it seems that their promotion and adoption has fallen off,” said Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University. “The presenters will talk about practical concepts that landowners can do on their own lands, and resources that are available to help.”
The registration fee is $10 and covers lunch. To register, call the ISU Extension and Outreach Mitchell County office at 641-732-5574.
Pre-registration is preferred, to help with logistics. Masks are optional. For more information, follow the Upcoming Events page on the ISU Extension and Outreach Natural Resource Stewardship website.
— Billy Beck, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach