Plants and Wildlife Management

In urbanized settings, the lives of people are intertwined with natural environments and urban ecosystems.  Human behavior is an integral component of ecological science.  The 2009 Tree Report presented to the Park Board provides some insight into what can be accomplished in the way of civic ecology as well as some ways that Des Moines has involved with national and global initiatives. 
2009 Tree Planting Report Presented to Park Board

tree city usa - growth award

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau has presented the City of Des Moines with the 2009 Tree City USA Growth Award. 

Des Moines was one of 27 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements in the following categories: 1) Education and Public Relations, 2) Partnerships, 3) Planning and Management, and 4) Tree Planting and Maintenance.

The 2009 Tree City USA Growth Award was presented to Mayor Frank Cownie and Councilman Skip Moore at the 20th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines on April 6, 2010.