This program is primarily intended to serve woodland owners and land managers, but may also be of interest to school teachers, loggers, and government employees. The objectives of the program are to develop a network of highly motivated, well trained volunteers to assist land management professionals in improving and expanding tree resources.
The program features 30 hours of intensive forestry training focused on managing woodlands for multiple benefits. In both classroom and hands-on field labs, you will be provided basic information on: tree identification, tree biology, land and tree measurements, woodland inventory, silviculture, forest economics, tree planting, wildlife habitat, pest management, timber marketing, wood use, government assistance programs, and stewardship planning. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University Forestry Extension and Outreach and the Forestry Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources often in cooperation with County Conservation Boards.
All graduates are expected to contribute at least 30 hours of public service; service activities performed will contribute to the improvement and expansion of rural and/or urban tree resources in the state.
The program is currently not delivered but please check back in the future for changes.