Dr. Billy Beck

April 22, 2024 11:29 AM

On-farm woodland and tree resources have potential to add significant value to agricultural enterprises and landscapes through income diversification, livestock and crop protection, soil stability, enhanced water quality, wildlife and pollinator habitat, recreation, aesthetics and mental health b

February 24, 2024 11:04 AM

Woodland owners and land managers can improve their knowledge of Iowa’s woodland resources this spring and fall by participating in a hands-on training program offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The 

February 23, 2024 10:18 AM

Woodland owners who want to know the value of their forest or how their forest can be improved oftentimes just need to know where to begin.

That’s the goal behind two new forest resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 21, 2023 11:20 AM

If you’re considering establishing a new tree planting in spring 2024, late summer 2023 is the ideal time to start planning.

Forestry, Planning and Planting, Wildlife, Problem Wildlife
April 27, 2023 11:41 AM

“Drab” displays of early spring hold great value

Forestry, Planning and Planting, Tree Identification, Wildlife
March 31, 2023 9:05 AM

I had seven years of pent-up tree planting desire and it all erupted in spring of 2022. After years of apartment living (as an adult graduate student) and then derecho cleanup, I was finally able to get some trees in the ground at our new place in central Iowa.

Forestry, Planning and Planting
January 23, 2023 8:44 AM

The Iowa Master Woodland Steward Program (MWSP) is primarily intended to serve woodland owners, stewards, and land managers, but may also be of interest to school teachers, loggers, and government employees.

November 28, 2022 9:23 AM

Iowa’s windbreaks have lost functionality

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting
October 21, 2022 11:47 AM

Forests and the invaluable products they provide (tangible and non-tangible) are often an afterthought in Iowa.

Forestry, Forest Products, Planning and Planting
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.

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.

August 26, 2020 10:25 AM

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

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.

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