Iowa is a mosaic landscape of agricultural crops, pasture lands, native woodlands. Prairie remnants, wetlands, and a network of streams and rivers. With settlement and the increased mechanization of agriculture, many natural woodland corridors along these streams and rivers were removed. Present farming practices have resulted in: increased loss of soils, which diminishes soil fertility, and increased use of agri-chemicals, which threatens the quality of water. Today’s concerns about soil loss and ground and surface water contamination must be addressed by both the agricultural and nonagricultural communities of our state.
Schultz, Richard; Colletti, Joe; Mize, Carl; Skadberg, Andy; and Menzel, Bruce
"An Agroforestry Project: Sustainable Tree-Shrub-Grass Buffer Strips Along Waterways,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 78
, Article 5.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol78/iss1/5