Plants and Wildlife Management
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Natural Resource Inventory

Dr. Tom Rosburg conducted a natural resource inventory of the City’s park and open space system. Dr. Rosburg is one of Iowa’s and the Midwest’s preeminent plant ecologists. In the past 25 years, he has conducted work as an ecologist, naturalist and photographer in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.


Dr. Rosburg surveyed the City’s park and open space system performing the following key services:

  • Mapping major plant communities, describing the composition and structure, and identifying the successional stage of the land as it is today
  • Identifying areas of high invasive species infestations
  • Identifying areas of high biological or ecological diversity
  • Identifying areas with unique opportunities for passive recreation or environmental education
  • Evaluating routinely-mowed land within for potential to be redeveloped into a more natural state, thereby reducing mowing
  • Preparing a report of the study’s findings, including a series of recommendations for priority restoration areas