Cooperation in Meeting the Forest Resource Management Challenge in Iowa
States with limited forest resources and a heavy agricultural economy, such as Iowa, make the management and promotion of that forest resource a real challenge. Cooperation and coordination of programs within the forestry community are absolutely necessary if that challenge is to be met. There has been a long history of cooperation between the Forestry Department at Iowa State University and the State Forestry agency. The first State Forester was the head of the Forestry Department and served in both capacities until shortly after World War ll. As the state programs evolved a State Forester was hired by the then Iowa Conservation Commission, now Department of Natural Resources. The close ties between the University and the State have always been recognized by both as an essential key to the welfare of the forest resources of Iowa.