SAF Expresses Concern Over Dissolution of Iowa Forestry Division 

July 14, 2017 

SAF sent a letter to the governor of Iowa expressing concern over the recent decision to dissolve the Forestry Division and shift staff to other areas in the Department of Natural Resources.

"The Division of Forestry provides distinct services that are important to Iowa’s rural communities as well as its metropolitan areas. It works tirelessly to promote the ecological and economic health of communities of all sizes through numerous outreach and cooperative programs. This work is critically important, particularly as Iowa combats the rapidly spreading emerald ash borer epidemic that currently impacts more than 50 counties. In addition, the Division also continues to strengthen the Iowa Silvicultural Best Management Practices, which help to limit soil erosion and maintain water quality. With this reorganization, we worry that the importance of these programs and the many other services delivered to municipalities and forestland owners will be undermined."

SAF national is working with local leaders in Iowa SAF to leverage this letter and capitalize on additional outreach opportunities.