MASON CITY | Mason City has been selected to receive sustainable urban forestry training and assistance from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The free training is to provide city staff and volunteers with help in maintaining a forestry program and be better prepared for addressing the emerald ash borer. The public is invited.

The sessions will include: tree identification; technology training; tree health; tree inventory; risk assessment methods; tree planting, pruning and maintenance; ordinances; and community outreach.

The first session will be on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library.

Presenters will include Laura Wagner, DNR grant coordinator; Emma Hanigan, DNR state urban coordinator; and a DNR forester.

Anyone seeking further information is asked to contact   Beth Enright at 641-424-7154.

— John Skipper

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