Old fields and degraded forest lands in southern Iowa were acquired by the State of Iowa during the period 1935 to 1941. A forestation program was initiated in conjunction with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hundreds of acres of conifers and broadleafs were planted, principally during the years 1937 through 1941, on eroded upland ridge tops, steep side slopes and narrow drainage basins in the vicinities of Chariton, Keosauqua and Farmington, Iowa. Because of insufficient knowledge and experience concerning forestation practices applicable in this area, the selection of species and planting procedures was approached experimentally. A survey of these plantations was started in 1952 for the purpose of determining the adaptability of the various tree species to the sites on which they were planted and to provide a sounder factual basis for present and future forestation programs. This survey was supported by the Iowa Conservation Commission in cooperation with the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station and the Forestry Department. The results of this survey and some of the studies made in connection with it are reported in this paper.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Hansen, Norman J. and McComb, A. L.
"Growth, Form and Survival of Plantation-Grown Broadleaf and Coniferous Trees in Southeastern lowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 62(1), 109-124.
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