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Iowa Forestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock.

Forests and woodlots are constantly changing. To get the most out of your property to meet your wildlife, recreational, aesthetic or economic goals, some type of regular management will be necessary. If you haven’t been managing your woods, consider starting today. Getting the most out of your woods can be a challenge on your own. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you.

Forest management is providing your forest with the care it needs to remain healthy and provide the benefits you desire. Forest management considers all parts of the forest community: soil, water, plants, animals, birds, and air, as well as the trees. The goal of forest management is a healthy, sustainable forest that accommodates any number of uses.

Popular Iowa Forestry Practices

Brush Management
Forest Stand Improvement
Prescribed Burning
Riparian Forest Buffer
Tree/Shrub Establishment

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