Pollinator Workshops and Free Seedlings this Month

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Pollinator workshops/free seedlings this month

Because you have shown an interest in planting trees, we want to make sure you are aware of these great opportunities to receive free seedlings as you learn how to create pollinator habitat through tree and shrub plantings, prairie establishment and management, and Timber Stand Improvement practices.

ISU Forestry Extension, Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau, Local partners, and the US Forest Service are partnering to hold five forestry field days and workshops which address trees and pollinators this spring.

As part of a Federal and State Pollinator grant,  All Field Day and workshop attendees who have ¼ acre or larger planting area will be eligible to receive a Pollinator Tree/Shrub Seedling packet (200 bare-root seedlings).  

Pollinator seedling packet order forms will be available at the end of each field day and workshop, while supplies last.  Workshop participants who who prefer a smaller quantity of seedlings will be able to take seedlings home directly from the workshop.

We will have a total of 800 seedlings at each event, designed to provide important pollinator habitat, which participants may take home with them. 


Species available to take home from the field day will be:

White Oak
Shagbark Hickory
River Birch
Silver Maple
Black cherry
Eastern Redbud

Wild Plum
Redosier Dogwood
Highbush Cranberry

Packets will consist of 4 species, 50 seedlings each, and will be shipped this spring to your home.  Choices will be: 

  • Bottomland Pollinator packet:  River Birch, Silver Maple, Elderberry, Buttonbush
  • Shrub Pollinator Packer:  Redosier Dogwood, Wild Plum, Highbush Cranberry, chokecherry
  • Tree Pollinator Packet:  White oak, Black Cherry, River Birch, Hackberry

Workshop/Field Day Details are below. To register, email  laura.wagner@dnr.iowa.gov and indicate which field day or workshop you are attending. 

Jefferson County Forestry Field Day

Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pm

Location:  Kelp Ave and 250th Street, Fairfield https://goo.gl/maps/xvAGCqGr3D52

Speakers and topics: 

  • Rey Lehn, IDNR District Forester; Lisa Louck, IDNR District Forester; Kevin Andersen, IDNR Private Lands Biologist; Adam Janke, ISU Wildlife Extension; Jesse Randall, ISU Forestry Extension; Pete & Kathy Tollenaere, Hosts and Landowners
  • Using Trees and Shrubs as pollinator habitat, Tree Planting and direct seeding demonstration areas, Timber Stand Improvement, Using prescribed fire in CRP managment

Madison County Forestry Field Day

Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:  170th Drive, Winterset, Iowa  https://goo.gl/maps/mT2jWBw1xsq

Speakers and Topics:

  • Aaron Wright, Iowa DNR District Forester – Rejuvenating former oak/hickory timber through weed tree removal, crop tree release, and prescribed burning
  • Laura Wager, Iowa DNR Forestry Programs Coordinator -  Trees and Shrubs as pollinator habitat
  • Kelsey Fleming, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist – Prairie Establishment and Management
  • Dan Frankl, Host and Landowner – Brief history of farm management practices

Warren County Plant Some Shade Workshop

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM

Location:  Annett Nature Center, 15565 118th Avenue, Indianola, IA.

  • Speaker and Topic: Aaron Wright, IDNR District Forester
  • Workshop topics:
  • Trees and Shrubs as vital pollinator habitat
  • How to find the root collar and plant at the correct depth
  • How to correct encircling roots
  • Pruning for Structural Strength
  • Proper Mulching and Watering
  • Q & A with your District Forester, Aaron Wright

Henry County Operation ReLeaf Workshop

Date:  Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 9:45 am

Location:  McMillian Park on Old Threshers Grounds, 405 E Threshers Road, Mount Pleasant

  • Speaker and Topic:  Lisa Louck, Iowa DNR District Forester
  • Trees and Shrubs as vital pollinator habitat
  • How to find the root collar and plant at the correct depth
  • How to correct encircling roots
  • Pruning for Structural Strength
  • Proper Mulching and Watering
  • Q & A with your District Forester, Lisa Louck

Monroe County Forestry Field Day

Date:  Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pm

Location:  7042 219th Trail, Albia, IA 52531.

Speakers and Topics: 

  • Jeremy Cochran; DNR District Forester; Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forester; Bill Winke, Host and Landowner ;Kevin Andersen, IDNR Private Lands Biologist; Randy Goerdnt, IDNR District Forester ;Adam Janke, ISU Wildlife Extension
  • Direct seeding and tree planting on tough southern Iowa sites, Understanding the tradeoffs of thinning for habitat improvements and long term timber quality / mast production, Trees and Shrubs as important pollinator habitat, Controlling invasive plants

These are all great opportunities to learn about trees, prairies, and pollinators, and take home some free trees to create habitat at your own home!