2018 Community Forestry Awards Luncheon

Insects and Disease: The Good, the Bad, and the Invasive


The annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2018.  Tree City USA, Tree City USA Growth Award, Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA award winners will be recognized for their efforts, and awards will be given to the people who are going above and beyond to promote urban forestry. The Iowa Urban Forestry Council will be honoring special award winners.  


Luncheon keynote panelists will share the latest on insects and diseases that affect tree health.  You'll hear from:


Dr. Laura Jesse Iles, who directs the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. The 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, garden, and home. The PIDC is a joint effort between Iowa State University Extension Plant Pathology, Entomology, Horticulture, and Agronomy.  Laura earned her bachelor's degree in animal ecology, her master's degree in entomology, and her doctorate in entomology and ecology and evolutionary biology; all from Iowa State University.


Mike Kintner, an entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) in the Entomology and Plant Science Bureau. His work activities include the Nursery Stock Program, Export Services Program, and serving as the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth Coordinator. Mike is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked with IDALS since 2008.  


Dr. Donald Lewis, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University Department of Entomology.  He is responsible for outreach education on insect pest management in horticultural crops, households and structures and is a specialist in the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.  Dr. Lewis as an instructor in the Iowa Master Gardener Program and a regular contributor to the Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa Horticulture Show.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology, Wilmington College and his doctorate from Ohio State University. 


Before the luncheon, the Iowa Urban Tree Council will be hosting a workshop on oak tree health.  The presentation will cover Bur Oak Blight, Oak Wilt and other issues specific to oaks.  Please join us to learn more about identifying oak issues, disease testing, and oak management. The workshop costs $10 and is worth 1 ISA CEU.



8:30 Registration opens

9:00 - 10:00 Optional Workshop

10:00 - 11:00 Tree City Photos

11:00 - 1:00 - Keynote Presentation and Luncheon



Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266



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