Virtual Field Day: Saturated Riparian Forest Buffers

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 1:00pm

Research on establishing saturated riparian forest buffers will be the topic of a virtual field day Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., with Iowa State University presenters Billy Beck, associate professor, natural resource ecology and management, and extension forestry specialist; Troy Heeren, agricultural specialist; Gabe Johnson, graduate student, sustainable agriculture and agriculture and biosystems engineering; and Jonathan Notch, undergraduate student, forestry. The event is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group. Find more details or register to participate.

Beaver dams: Beneficial for watersheds?

February 6, 2023

Billy Beck (right), Iowa State Extension and Outreach forestry specialist, and Andrew Rupiper, graduate student in natural resource ecology and management, at a beaver dam study site in central Iowa. Iowa Learning Farms photo. 

Virtual Field Day - Beavers: Superheroes for Water Quality?

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 1:00pm

Learn about a study of beaver dams and their impact on nutrients and hydrology with Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University and Andrew Rupiper, graduate research assistant , natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State. The free, virtual field day is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG).

Funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, researchers are working to quantify hydrologic impacts of beaver dams in the stream system and their effect on nutrients and sediment to determine the influences these ecosystem engineers have within their watershed. Find more details at: Virtual Field Day - Beavers: Superheroes for Water Quality? — Iowa Learning Farms