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Ames Forester

Abstract

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.

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