The Naturalist School - Jack Phillips and friends offer many workshops, hikes, and saunters throughout the region. They are partnering on this project as a consultant, providing education for growers and the public.
Oak ID "Cheat Sheet" - page from Flora of Nebraska book showing leaves and acorns of different oaks that grow in the region.
Iowa DNR Forestry - The state Department of Natural Resources Forestry website has many great resources about Iowa's trees.
Waubonsie State Park Forest Stewardship Plan - Waubonsie offers the greatest diversity of oak species in Western Iowa and is an excellent place to learn about oak ecology and identification, so most of our workshops are held there. DNR District Forester Lindsey Barney developed this plan to identify "to provide baseline data on the current forest stand conditions while also identifying all known forest health issues that will shape or limit future management options."
Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa- This book by Peter Van Der Linden and Donald Farrar focuses on identification and includes all oaks as well as many other species of trees that grow in Iowa.
Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs- A nursery in Central Iowa that specializes in propagating and growing native plants from locally collected seed. Plants are grown in a patented system of root pruning containers to produce an extremely fibrous root system that ensures a healthy and vigorous plant ready to be successfully transplanted. We will be learning from them about their process with production and sales of native trees.