With the recent storms and Spring on the way, it’s really time to start thinking about your trees and, if damaged or in danger of pest infections, how to strengthen the community tree canopy. Sue Wilder, from Osceola Master Gardeners, recently reached out to Trees Forever to coordinate a special event to discuss exactly that.
On Monday April 10th, Brad Riphagen, Coordinator for Trees Forever will hold a special community event to discuss a recent DNR study for Osceola’s tree canopy as well as facilitate a conversation about how the community can help replenish and regrow a healthier, more diversified landscape.
“The DNR studies are coming back showing, on average, a 15% loss from the recent infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer,” said Riphagen. “We looking to offer insight on how the community can rebuild that canopy in Osceola.”
The reported 15% average tree loss is from a collection of DNR studies based on the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer throughout the Midwest. While the study only considers city and municipality land studies, Riphagen emphasized that the community, with a few minor steps, can help mitigate future infestations and loss.
Some of the topics Trees Forever will be presenting on will help residents answer questions like – “What trees can be planted to help with the community’s canopy?” as well as provide best practices for planting and care of your existing trees.
“Residential canopies are just as important as our parks and public areas,” said Wilder. “With a diversified selection and attention to species that could be at risk, the health of our community canopy can improve year after year.”
The “Tree-mendous Growth workshop” will be held at the Clarke County fairgrounds and is open to the public.
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds – 2070 West Mclane Street in Osceola, IA
When: Monday April 10, 2023 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Itinerary (subject to change):
- Introductions & Discussion on the DNR report for Osceola
- Q & A Session for those who would like more information on the report
- Outdoor tree “Live” discussion with planting and care demo (as available)
Scott Kent, the Clarke County Conservation Director, will also be on hand to discuss land and tree / canopy care and conservation.