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Forests - Iowa's Nature Series
The forests of a prairie state like Iowa are unique refugia of biological diversity and important ecological and economical function. This article explores Iowa's forest ecosystems and the critical roles they play in our environment, economy, and quality of life.
The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit
Minimizing Moisture Problems in New Houses
Find out about proper care in selecting and installing wood materials in houses. This can reduce decay hazards, minimize maintenance, and promote long useful service.
Interior Woodwork in Houses - Wood Use
Learn about wood’s hardness and workability, dimension stability, fastening properties, and finishing ease.
Permanent Wood Foundation for Housing
The Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) system provides energy savings, fast and easy installation, and cost savings. Learn about its basic components, design, construction, and advantages.
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Finishing Exterior Wood Surfaces - Wood Use
Learn how to finish, preserve and even refinish exterior wood surfaces. Includes natural weathering, clear film and water-repellent finishes, as well as bleaching oil and pigmented stains.
Paint Problems on Exterior Wood - Wood Use
Learn about how to identify, prevent and alleviate problems with painted exterior wood. Includes pictures and detailed descriptions.
Siding can do more for the exterior surface of your house than any other home improvement. This publication discusses all aspects of different forms of wood, metal, synthetic, and masonry siding.
Selection and Maintenance of Christmas Trees
Choosing a Christmas tree is a popular American tradition, and nearly 35 million natural trees are sold each year in the U.S. This publication includes suggestions for selecting an attractive tree that retains its needles and vigor throughout the holiday season. Specific topics include color, odor, needles, branches, home care, fire protection, and disposal.
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