Free Tree Guards

Decorah Tree Board Offering Free Tree Guards

Decorah, IA (October 26, 2020) – During the fall and winter, wildlife can severely damage young
trees. Deer browse the twigs, rabbits and small rodents eat the bark at the base of the trees, and
deer rub their antlers on the trunks of the trees. Antler rubbing, which removes the bark and vital
tissue underneath, is a special threat at this time of year.

To assist property owners in protecting young trees planted in boulevards, the Decorah Tree Board
is offering free tree guards while the supply lasts. The guards are made of sturdy plastic and are
wrapped around the trunks of the trees, providing a barrier that discourages deer from rubbing and
rabbits from eating the bark.

To request tree guards, contact the Tree Board by e-mail at
Please note that the tree guards are only available for trees planted in boulevards along Decorah

Property owners can also make their own tree guards using hardware cloth, chicken wire, or fencing
material. Deer rubbing usually occurs at a height of 1 to 4 feet, so homemade guards should extend
to a height of at least 4 feet. When fabricating a guard, remember that rabbits can climb on
snowbanks and eat the bark as far as they can reach.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 or City Hall at 382-3651 with any questions.

Decorah Face Covering Ordinance

Friday, August 21st, the Decorah City Council approved the second reading and approved waiving the third reading of Ordinance 1257, An Ordinance Mandating The Use Of Face Coverings In Public Places Withing The City Limits Of The City Of Decorah, Iowa placing it for adoption. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor and published August 27th. As of August 27th, 2020 the ordinance is in effect.

Face Covering Ordinance and Frequently Asked Questions

Face Covering Ordinance Resources

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Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) Appeal Notification

FEMA has announced the beginning of a 90-day Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) appeal process for the preliminary flood insurance maps.

The 90-day period began August 27, 2020. The City has issued an overview letter with FEMA appeal criteria. Any homeowner who believes the

preliminary maps to contain incorrect technical data are encourage to contact FEMA or the City to discuss the information and file any appeal.

Not every homeowner will be impacted by the new maps, but anyone who owns property in a flood zone should understand this information.

A copy of the Notification Letter and the Criteria for Appeals are linked below.

FEMA And Decorah FIRM Maps Appeal And Notification Letter August 28 2020