Van Buren County Contacts for Forestry

District Forester

District Foresters are professional foresters that work with private landowners in regions throughout the state. They provide consultation and planning services related to timber sales, tree planting, and improving wildlife habitat or timber quality. They also provide guidance on cost share assistance programs and tax incentive programs. Professional foresters such as Iowa DNR district foresters and private forestry consultants should be the first point of contact for forestry projects.

Iowa DNR
Cassidy Robinson
Office:
641-472-2370
Cell:
641-919-0877
605 South 23rd Street Box 568
Box 568
Fairfield, IA 52556
United States

Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, forest, garden, and homes.

Office:
515-294-0581
2445 Advanced Teaching and Research Building (ATRB)
2213 Pammel Dr.
Ames, IA 50011
United States

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Forester

Foresters with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) work in close partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide forestry technical assistance and forest management planning to private landowners. They also assist landowners with enrollment in state and federal conservation programs. NWTF Foresters focus on forest management for a wide range of Iowa wildlife – not solely wild turkeys.

National Wild Turkey Federation
Bailey Yotter
Office:
641-472-3396
Cell:
319-230-3143
1805 W. Jefferson Avenue
Suite 2
Fairfield, IA 52556
United States

Private Forestry Consultants/Contractors

Private forestry consultants and contractors provide landowners with a wide range of forestry services, ranging from general consultation, forest management planning, and timber sale administration, to site preparation, invasive species management, and tree planting and maintenance.

Note: professional foresters (i.e., private forestry consultants and IDNR District Foresters) should be your first point of contact for any forestry project. The contact list that follows indicates whether a business has a professional forester on staff.

Acorn Forestry
Stan Tate
Cell:
319-530-9284
13802 County Line Road
Ainsworth, IA 52201
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, tree planting by machine, forest stand improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Blackwell Creek Forestry
Philip Sneed
Cell:
660-973-2714
14435 LIV 251
CHILLICOTHE, MO 64601
United States
Services Provided
Brush management/invasive species management, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Additional Notes
Additional services offered include: prescribed burning, prescribed fire burn planning, timber trespass and expert witness services, wildlife management planning
C&L Dirtworks LLC
Dustin Clark
Office:
641-680-4601
7521 56th Ave
Agency, IA 52530
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Country Landscapes inc.
Scott Thompson
Cell:
319-269-0076
East 3801 Lincoln highway
Ames, IA 50010
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance, Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), prescribed fire, trail construction, erosion control, surface restoration, large clearing and excavation work
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Dbltree Habitat Enhancement Inc
Jesse Knox
Cell:
641-919-0148
2072 Hemlock Ave
Fairfield, IA 52556
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance, Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), prescribed fire, and edgefeathering
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Forest Legacy LLC
Cody Widner
Cell:
574-581-0090
104 Main St
PO Box 112
Ollie, IA 52576
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, tree planting by hand and by machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), forest stand improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal, prescribed fire
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Forestry Consulting Services LLC
Steve Hamilton
Office:
319-929-3094
Cell:
319-551-2775
1153 Highway 965 NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States
Services Provided
Tree planting by hand and machine, Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Four Seasons Conservation
Kaleb Ebeling
Office:
319-371-0931
Cell:
319-931-9530
1567 Old Highway 34
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Geode Forestry, Inc.
Robert Petrzelka
Office:
319-254-2232
1923 140th St.
PO Box 86
Swedesburg, IA 52652
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), forest stand improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal, certified as a Tree Farm Inspector with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Gregory Wagner Farms LLC
Gregory Wagner
Cell:
319-759-4171
25824 178th St
Columbus Junction, IA 52738
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Hawkeye Land Solutions LLC
Nate Parks
Cell:
319-931-6912
1935 265TH AVE
Ft. Madison, IA 52627
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance, Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), prescribed fire on CRP fields and timber, invasive species management and herbicide application
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Hickory Ridge Forestry
Wes Adkins
Cell:
402-250-5289
11323 Walnut Ridge
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), forest stand improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Hunters Management Group
Brady Bloomquist
Cell:
641-895-2305
2803 Newton Rd
Promise City, IA 52583
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance, Forest Stand Improvement (FSI)
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Jake's Woods LLC
Jason Jacobson
Cell:
573-248-4468
Jake's Woods LLC
458 College Street
Kahoka, MO 63445
United States
Services Provided
Tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal, prescribed burn
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
North Missouri Forestry
Andrew Helton
Cell:
660-988-4151
28769 Hwy T30
Exline, IA 52555
United States
Services Provided
Timber Stand Improvement(TSI), Invasive Species Management(ISM), edge feathering, tree plantings, and CRP/native grass seedings.
Prudenterra
Luke Gran
Office:
(515) 382-1239
65584 260th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and by machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), forest stand improvement (FSI), crop tree release thinning actions, forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Additional Notes
Other services provided include: commercial pesticide applicator to inject urban trees for protection from EAB, bur oak blight, oak wilt, provide small number of native tree seedlings for sale, prescribed burns of oak woodlands and tallgrass prairie, stream restoration design and build, stormwater erosion management with natural stream design methodologies, agroforestry, keyline design and swales, wildlife habitat assessment, prairie reconstruction, seed mix selection and sourcing assistance, prairie seeding by broadcast method, prairie establishment mowing and woody plant removal, management by herbicide and mechanical means, tree sheltering by hand, shrub planting by hand and machine and protecting shrub seedlings with bamboo stakes and mesh plastic shelters, botanical identification of prairie, wetland, and forest native species to assess remnant high-quality restoration opportunities
Smith Landworx
Connor Smith
Cell:
515-240-4006
New Virginia, IA 50210
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, forestry mulching, tree pulling and shearing, and fence line removal.
Professional Forester on Staff:
No
Ray Lehn
Cell:
641-233-7461
1347 Mahogany Ave.
Fairfield, IA 52556
United States
Services Provided
Forest stand improvement (FSI), timber sales and marketing, mid-contract management on CRP tree plantings.
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes
Kevin Oetken
Office:
563-673-2146
Cell:
563-357-7843
10571 18TH AVE
Monmouth, IA 52309
United States
Services Provided
Site preparation, brush management/invasive species management, heavy machinery/forestry mowing/clearing, tree planting by hand and machine, planting maintenance (e.g., chemical, mechanical), Forest Stand Improvement (FSI), forest management plan creation, timber sales and marketing, timber appraisal
Professional Forester on Staff:
Yes

Private Lands Biologist

There is a network of Private Lands Biologists in Iowa that serve similar roles and often work together to help landowners find the right help and programs. Here’s a list of the entities involved in private lands programs in the state indexed in this section. 

  • The Iowa DNR has a Private Lands Program with wildlife biologists and specialists that cover every county in Iowa and work with private landowners for wildlife habitat restoration projects. These biologists work closely with NRCS offices and other private lands programs in the state to make sure you find the right help.
  • Pheasants Forever has a network of wildlife biologists that cover multi-county regions in most areas in the state. These biologists are partnership positions with NRCS, IDALS, SWCDs and work in county USDA offices to help landowners with technical assistance, conservation planning and help to enroll in conservation practices that are favorable to pheasants and quail and many other wildlife in Iowa.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program that employs biologists to work with private landowners on wildlife habitat projects on their land that benefit species like bats and migratory birds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a mandate to help protect. 
  • This section also includes a grab-bag of other professionals, employed by non-profit organizations, municipalities, or other governmental organizations that work with private landowners on strategic projects throughout the state, primarily within focus watersheds.
Iowa DNR
Kevin Andersen
Office:
641-472-8411
Cell:
641-895-2862
United States
Pheasants Forever
Holly Shutt
Cell:
785-294-2004
United States
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ron Knopik
Office:
319-523-6982 x5
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
10728 County Road X61
Wapello, IA 52653
United States

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