Virtual Field Day October 29: Touring Iowa's Forests

October 16, 2020

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day offering a tour of Iowa’s varied forests on Thursday, October 29th at 1 p.m. CDT. Join us for a live conversation with Billy Beck, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist, Joe Herring, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Forester, and Riggs Wilson, Wildlife Management Institute Forester.

The virtual field day will offer an opportunity to tour common forest types and explore the value they bring to the landscape. From floodplain forests to working trees in a windbreak, trees provide a variety of ecosystem services like wildlife habitat and improved water quality as well as the potential to harvest trees for added economic value. The field day will also highlight the importance of management for long-living, healthy forests.

“There is often confusion of what management means to maintain a vibrant forest that provides great value to the landowner,” noted Beck. “This field day will explore options for managing a variety of forest types found in Iowa to help landowners identify strategies for doing so on their property.”

To participate in the live virtual field day at 1:00 pm CDT on October 29th, click this URL: or visit and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day”.

 Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive will be available at

Participants may be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU). Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.



Liz (Juchems) Ripley

Conservation Outreach Specialist