Today is National Arbor Day, a time for celebrating the importance of trees.
According to an Iowa DNR press release, "New U.S. Forest Service research ranks Iowa 9th in urban tree canopy cover loss over a five-year time period, losing almost 2 percent of its tree canopy. In rural woodlands, a separate Forest Inventory and Assessments study showed a loss of 97,000 acres over five years."
Oak trees are the official state tree of Iowa and one of the most common trees in the western part of the state. Unfortunately, oaks are in decline due to a number of factors. Golden Hills is working to help local growers restore and rebuild oak communities in Western Iowa through our Native Oak Project. Learn more and contact us to get involved!
After a seemingly endless winter, it appears that spring has finally arrived in Iowa. With the warmer weather comes more people getting outdoors, including people riding bicycles.
Our region has many great bike trails, and Golden Hills RC&D has worked and continues to work with many partners to develop more trails throughout Western Iowa. Still, trails are not always available and sometimes people need to ride on streets or roads. In order to stay safe and healthy, everyone should know the rules of the road. Over the next few months, we'll be posting information on our blog with information about how to bike and drive safely.
Our friends at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition have great information and resources available to teach riders of all ages, as well as drivers, about safe bicycling and sharing the road with bikes. Check out their website for more information. Here are a few tips to get started...