While the devastation from Iowa’s 2020 hurricane-strength derecho windstorm still weighs heavily on tree canopy in parts of the state, some areas are hitting their peak for fall foliage. Related: Fall colors in post-derecho Iowa The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported this week that recent warmer weather has extended the fall color show for […]
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Survey finds Iowa lost more than 7 milli...
Iowans lost an estimated $20 million in annual benefits from urban tree canopy damaged by the hurricane-strength derecho in August 2020, according to the results of a recently completed survey conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Findings were included in a report, available online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/forestry/DerechoReport.pdf, which estimated nearly 4.5 million trees were […]
Cedar Rapids celebrates Earth Day while ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — City leaders probably didn’t intend to offer an ironic Earth Day message. But even as City Manager Jeff Pomeranz touted April as Earth Month in a videotaped message, in another corner of the city, a 28-acre Prairie Pollinator Zone was being prepared for destruction. “As all of you know, a healthy […]
Fall colors in post-derecho Iowa
Iowa’s fall foliage landscape will take on a decidedly different look in parts of the state hit by the Aug. 10 hurricane-strength derecho. Cedar Rapids, for example, lost an estimated 65 percent of its tree canopy in the storm, with winds up to 140 mph that uprooted century-old trees, twisted off treetops, bent tree trunks […]
Saving survivors: How to care for trees ...
In the course of one hour, Cedar Rapids lost half of its tree canopy in the Aug. 10, 2020, derecho, with an estimated 75 percent of street and park trees sustaining at least some form of damage from the hurricane-force straightline winds. Similar scenarios played out in neighboring Marion and other communities across the state. […]
Guide to Iowa’s fall colors
Iowa’s incessant rains have put a damper on the start of the fall foliage season, but with dry days ahead, time still remains to enjoy this colorful time of the year. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources notes that fall colors are starting to shine across the state as more trees begin to change. Golds […]
Cedar Rapids neighborhood trees clear-cu...
More than a dozen trees, including an American sycamore estimated to be at least a century old, have been reduced to a pile of wood chips to make way for a new office building in northeast Cedar Rapids. The development, at 2218 First Ave. NE, also included demolition of the historic Ely house, built in […]
Time to stop pruning oak trees in Iowa
Important information today – March 6, 2018 – from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about trimming your oak trees: It may still be cold outside, but it’s time to stop pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt. “The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune […]
Best places and timing to see Iowa’s fal
Autumn doesn’t officially begin until this Friday, Sept. 22, but Iowa’s fall colors are already starting to show. This year may be a good one for leaf viewers, according to Jeff Goerndt, state forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR.) Learn about one popular route for viewing fall colors and see more about […]
Cedar Rapids chops down Tomahawk Park tr...
The city of Cedar Rapids is continuing a string of tree removals, this time in a city park. At least a dozen trees are being removed this week from Tomahawk Park and along E Avenue NE, where the street is being widened, in conjunction with construction of Mount Mercy University’s new outdoor athletics complex. Among […]