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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 28, 2021 11:38 AM

The derecho that swept across Iowa and the Midwest in August of 2020 caused extensive damage to forests and woodlots – but not all of it was negative.

Forestry
January 20, 2021 8:51 AM

A recently-funded study is kicking into high gear this spring, intent on investigating the water quality and quantity impacts of certain woody structures that are all-too-familiar to Iowa landowners—beaver dams.

Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife
October 19, 2020 4:00 PM

Virtual forestry days will continue to be offered online this fall, with two events scheduled in October. On Oct.

Forestry
August 26, 2020 10:25 AM

The August 10th derecho produced devastating impacts to Iowa’s agriculture, infrastructure, and forest resources.

Forestry
February 5, 2020 3:30 PM

The 25th edition of the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will draw foresters and landowners from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin to the Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, March 14.

Forestry, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
November 22, 2019 4:17 PM

Windbreaks and shelterbelts exemplify the value and functionality that trees and forests provide to Iowa agriculture - especially producers in our state's northwest corner.

Forestry, Planning and Planting
September 20, 2019 12:00 PM

Hello Iowans! My name is Billy Beck - your new Forestry Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting
September 13, 2019 9:41 AM

Iowans interested in the care of trees, forests and natural resources should consider attending a forestry field day this fall, held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and various public and private partners.

Forestry
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