Friends of Hickory Hill Park

Dedicated to preserving Hickory Hill Park as a natural sanctuary for Iowa City.

Park Ecology

Hickory Hill Park has varied and diverse native ecosystems.  They include Oak-Hickory Savanna, Oak Woodlands, Prairie, Bottomland Forest, and Hillside Seeps.  These ecosystems are in various states of health, with many being comprimised by invasive species, while others are recovering with management assistance.  Our goal in managing the wild areas of Hickory Hill Park is to return these areas to healthy ecosystems that are appropriate for the site.  Figuring out what that may be takes some research, and we have done quite a bit of that and have a vision for restoration.

There was a vegetation inventory / analysis performed by Karla E. Hirokawa in 2003 for a masters thesis:

HICKORY HILL PARK PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: A VEGETATION ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT PLAN by Karla E. Hirokawa
Appendix B:  Species List


Friends of Hickory Hill Park commissioned a landscape History of the Park in 2006.  Several documents were the result of this study:

The Landscape History of Hickory Hill Park

Field Guide to Hickory Hill Park - Survey Records and historic Aerial Photographs


In addition, we requested the opinion of the District Forester to develop a management plan based on our goals.
General Forest Management Plan of Hickory Hill Park


These documents assist us in developing plans and guiding workdays in managing the parks' natural areas.


Nature Guides to Hickory Hill Park:

A series of guides to the park were put together by the City in the 1970s.  We obtained original copies, and have scanned them and provide them here for your reading pleasure.  The maps within may not be completely accurate, and the park was only half the size it is today.

Fall Guide to Hickory Hill Park

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