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Liz Ripley
May 6, 2022 2:50 PM

The Conservation Learning Group, a think tank based at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges, recently published 

Water Quality, Wildlife

Jeffery Iles
April 29, 2022 4:06 PM

Spring storms can pose a serious risk to trees, which have the potential to damage property and even cause injury if left untended.

Forestry

Dr. Billy Beck
April 26, 2022 11:46 AM

An Iowa Nutrient Research Center-funded study that seeks to quantify beaver dam impacts on water quality, hydrology, and stream morphology (i.e., how dams shape the stream itself) has reached the one-year mark.

Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife

Dr. Billy Beck
April 23, 2022 4:08 PM

Prescribed Woodland Fire resource compilation

Prescribed woodland fire is an effective tool that woodland stewards may utilize to achieve a wide range of management goals - from oak regeneration and inceasing wildlife habitat, to controlling pests and invasive species. 

Forestry, Planning and Planting, Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats

Dr. Billy Beck
March 31, 2022 5:07 PM

As nature begins to awaken from its winter slumber, those looking to identify backyard Iowa trees can consult a new video resource from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach forestry specialist Billy Beck.

Forestry, Tree Identification

Dr. Adam Janke
March 31, 2022 1:00 PM

Kaycie M Waters
March 31, 2022 1:00 PM

When Sue Kuennen was named the Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year in 2016, she was surprised by the recognition.

Master Conservationist Program, Wildlife

Dr. Billy Beck
February 23, 2022 8:14 AM

Timber harvest season has me reflecting back on one of my woodiest years to date, 2021. For starters, in late winter my ISU Extension colleagues and I were able to film an active salvage harvest in Linn County – the epicenter of the 2020 Midwest Derecho.

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting

Dr. Billy Beck
December 13, 2021 5:27 PM

Winter is a hot time for forestry. While a flurry of activity occurs in our woodlands during this time of year (pun intended), timber harvest and storm damage are often at the top of a forester's mind.

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting

Kaycie M Waters
December 2, 2021 12:11 PM

In Iowa, we are lucky to have a unique system of County Conservation Boards doing land management and natural resources education in every county!

Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Master Conservationist Program

Dr. Adam Janke
November 23, 2021 9:10 AM

The Master Conservationist program is a comprehensive educational opportunity through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife

Zach Clemens
November 11, 2021 4:26 PM

Cover crops can enhance soil health by capturing nutrients, slowing erosion, and reducing the need for herbicides.

Water Quality

Kaycie M Waters
October 29, 2021 10:27 AM

Agriculture and natural resources have a lot in common and Kaycie Waters, the newly named natural resources field specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, looks forward to exploring the ways the two intersect. Waters, who grew up in a farm family from Arizona, began her

Fisheries, Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife, Master Conservationist Program

Dr. Adam Janke
October 18, 2021 10:47 AM

AMES, Iowa – As deer hunters head to the woods this fall, they are again reminded to be vigilant and active participants in the state’s efforts to fight chronic wasting disease.

Wildlife

Dr. Matt Helmers
October 1, 2021 8:30 AM

A new study underway by economists at Iowa State University aims to better understand nutrient impacts through the lens of local recreation and tourism, with a focus on assessing the economic impacts of water quality improvement on rural and lower-income communities.

Water Quality

Catherine DeLong
September 22, 2021 3:10 PM

It might be confusing to some how someone who studied soil science could end up being focused on water quality, but for Iowans it’s likely that the connection is more straightforward.

Water Quality

Dr. Billy Beck
September 22, 2021 3:06 PM

Trees hold an incredible power, that being their ability to fix carbon from the atmosphere via photosynthesis and use it to produce a tangible product – wood.

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting

J. Arbuckle
September 15, 2021 12:28 PM

Iowa is a major producer of grain, meat, dairy, eggs, and other major agricultural commodities.

Water Quality

Dr. Billy Beck
September 3, 2021 11:38 AM

Woodland owners and those with an interest in forestry can network and improve their knowledge during several field days planned this fall across the state.

Forestry, Water Quality

Dr. Adam Janke
August 20, 2021 8:23 AM

Among the hundreds of wildlife species found in Iowa, few are so common that we can assert with relative confidence that each night, every person in Iowa would find themselves only a mile or two away from one. Perhaps deer rise to this level of ubiquity. Perhaps pigeons or mourning doves too.

Wildlife, Problem Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife

Dr. Joe E Morris
July 12, 2021 7:48 AM

Due to recent high temperatures and dry conditions, stocking farm ponds can be difficult to do this time of the year. However, several measures can be taken to increase your success...

Fisheries

Jacqueline Comito
June 7, 2021 12:29 PM

A new trailer named “Marsh Madness” combines sight, sound, and science to engage Iowa audiences about the values of the state’s wetland ecosystems.

Water Quality, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats

Lisa Schulte Moore
June 1, 2021 2:52 PM

A new study indicates that insects like honey bees in many cases can do a better job of pollinating soybeans than the plants can do on their own.

Wildlife

Marybeth Foster
June 1, 2021 8:21 AM

When youth have the opportunity to learn something new in Iowa 4-H, sometimes it’s hard to predict where the opportunity will take them.

Water Quality

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