It might look like someone went chainsaw-happy, but trees in this area were removed with intention. Staff cut down Siberian elm, honey suckle, and buckthorn, which are all invasive species. We also removed mulberry and ironwood to allow for more sunlight to reach the understory, giving grasses and forbs a chance to grow. Because diversity is an important consideration when conducting timber stand improvement, remaining species include oak and hickory, with some scattered honey locust, hackberry, black cherry, ash, and native elm. Watch as the understory comes back to life!
Story County Conservation manages more than 3,100 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails, and an additional 5,500 acres of roadside habitat through our Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources.