The Coalition includes Trees Forever, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa Nut Growers, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, the Iowa Urban Tree Council and Trout Unlimited. Other partners concerned about trees and forests lend their support and voice. The Coalition has a consultant on retainer working on our behalf with a strong presence during the legislative session and throughout the year. Some of the Coalition’s priorities include:
With the presence of Emerald Ash Borer, 1000 Cankers, and invasive weeds like Garlic Mustard, our woodlands are under a serious and growing threat in communities, city and state parks and rural Iowa. Communities and landowners need more technical assistance.
Education & Public Awareness
Communities and private landowners need guidance and training on managing their trees and woodlands. An investment in education and assistance now could potentially save millions of dollars.
Iowa’s forests and trees would benefit from more investment, which will increase jobs and boost economic growth. Communities and landowners need matching grants, technical assistance and cost-share for tree replacement and better management of trees and woodlands.
Save the State Forest Nursery
Because the State Forest Nursery is required by statute to cover its expenses, it has been under scrutiny and subject to closing. The Coalition for Iowa's Trees and Forests supports keeping the nursery open and increasing prices to cover operating costs. This is Iowa's only native seedling nursery left in business today.
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"After five public meetings with 113 attendees and 21 email comments, more than 80 percent of the comments have been in favor of keeping the nursery open," said Paul Tauke, State Forest Nursery.