O'Brien 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.

Sarah Rueger-Bell
Onawa, IA
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.

2445 Advanced Teaching and Research Building (ATRB)
2213 Pammel Dr.
Ames, IA 50011
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.

Country Landscapes inc.
Scott Thompson
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:
Hunters Management Group
Brady Bloomquist
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:
North Missouri Forestry
Andrew Helton
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.
Luke Gran
(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:
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

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
Nick Baumgarten
United States
The Nature Conservancy
Amy Crouch
10095 Shamrock Ave
Remsen, IA 51050
United States
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Darrick Weissenfluh
Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge
1710 360th Street
Titonka, IA 50480
United States

USDA Service Center

Your local USDA service center houses staff from multiple agencies that can help with a variety of projects on private land.

  1. The Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) has staff who work exclusively with private landowners to improve soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat through federal land conservation programs. They administer the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides financial assistance and technical service for many activities including weed control, prescribed burning, forest management plans, and forest stand improvement. The NRCS is also a good source of information regarding pond construction.
  2. The Farm Service Agency administers several conservation-focused programs including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in addition to many loan and financial programs for farmers and landowners. Examples of practices eligible for federal cost-share and rental payments through CRP include grassland habitat establishment, hardwood tree planting, riparian forest buffer establishment, and many others.
  3. Soil and Water Conservation District staff provide assessment, planning, design, and cost share assistance to reduce soil loss, improve soil health, reduce runoff and protect water quality on private land.
Primghar Service Center
315 South Rerick Ave
Primghar, IA 51245
United States

Wood Processors

Wood processors are a resource for people who have timber to sell, who want logs sawn, or who want to buy logs, lumber, or other wood products. Note: Iowa wood processors range greatly in capacity and services provided. For example, larger wood processors may not accept small volumes of timber to be processed for hobby purposes.

Hammes Brothers Sawmill Inc.
Jeff Sieren
27254 282nd Ave
Ollie, IA 52576
United States
Services Provided
Grade lumber, pallet lumber, veneer. Will process all tree species.
Services Not Provided
Does not provide custom milling. Does not have a kiln drying service or portable mill.
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