Research shows that thousands of Northeast Iowa private landowners don’t understand the state and federal program dollars and technical assistance that are available to help them plan and manage their woodlands. Do you?
A recent study of Forest Reserve Landowners found that hundreds of Northeast Iowa landowners that have enrolled in the Forest Reserve Program do not have Forest Stewardship Plans and may never have consulted a private or public forester.
Research shows that every year landowners log their woods or clear their woodlands without consulting a state or private forester. Unfortunately, those studies also show that many woodland owners are not only degrading their future forest resource, they are also throwing dollars away.
In some documented cases, landowners have bulldozed and burned thousands of dollars in trees to plant annual crops without understanding the economic loss until it was too late. Many of the woodland owners are not informed about the benefits of understanding their forest resource. Its simple and beneficial to obtain forest management assistance prior to hiring a logger to harvest their timber.
NE IA RC&D in partnership with the USFS, the Iowa DNR and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to provide free assistance. The RC& D is specifically conducting one-on-one outreach, going to county fairs, home and trade shows and speaking to groups about why woodlands owners should call a state or private forester before they cut. For more information, to set up a meeting or to arrange a speaker for your next meeting contact Richard Kittelson.