9 great conservation projects happening right now

09688d0d-89e5-4376-ae26-d5f7813c50cc (1)

From trail connections to wetland restoration to important wildlife habitat, INHF
is working on some great projects. With your help, we can protect, restore and connect these places that are so important to Iowa’s natural beauty.

Burr Wildlife Area Addition — This addition of 411 acres to the Burr Wildlife area has many people encouraged. Besides the beauty of the rolling hills, prairie and oak trees, this addition means 600 acres of public land along this corridor will be protected, allowing for increased habitat and water protection.
Support this project

 

BruceMorrison-Oxbow-OtterCreekOtter Creek Wildlife Area Addition — 67-acre property is adjacent to the 275 protected acres of the Otter Creek Wildlife Area in Sioux County Conservation Board ownership and will expand the size of the habitat available to area wildlife. The land will feature restored prairie and wetland areas, prime for wildlife viewing and hunting. Reestablishing native grasses will provide nesting and winter cover for birds.
Support this project

Gilbertson Area Addition — We see this woodland addition as a way to help further the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan.  In the past three years, Fayette County Conservation Board, INHF and DNR have worked to bring together and protect over 725 acres in this region. This additional 127 acres continues the strong story of conservation minded neighbors committed to expanding their public areas.
Support this project

Garlock Slough Addition — This 120-acre addition to Garlock Slough helps to absorb impurities that would otherwise trickle into the waters of Iowa’s Great Lakes. Depending on the season, it is also a great place for hunters, bird-watchers and nature photographers.
Support this project

IMG_5662-smallerNeste Valley Recreational Area and trail connection — A mile of former rail corridor runs through 170 acres of woodlands and open space on Dry Run Creek. Besides being an attractive county park, Neste Valley will be a trailhead and a very scenic mid-way stretch for the envisioned 8-mile connection of Trout Run Trail in Decorah to the Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail (Calmar to Cresco). This would connect a 43-mile trail system in Northeast Iowa.
Support this project

Connector to link High Trestle Trail with Raccoon River Valley Trail — This 9-mile future trail between Perry and Woodward will connect two of Iowa’s biggest and best trail systems! This is the connection that everyone is waiting for. While this project is in its early stages, contributions now will help Dallas County Conservation match and secure public grants to kick off the trail.
Support this project

DSC_0572Iowa River Trail — This 34-mile former rail corridor between Marshalltown and Steamboat Rock follows the beautiful Iowa River Greenbelt and connects with Pine Lake State Park. Through Marshalltown, this new trail will connect with the Highway 330 Trail and Heart of Iowa Trail. (Central Iowa through Hardin and Marshall counties)
Support this project

Coon Rapids to Herndon Trail — This 17-mile connection is the last link to connect the Raccoon River Trail to Whiterock Conservancy, a 5,500-acre outdoor recreation area. The Raccoon River trail is part of the Central Iowa Trail System, a 700 mile network of continuous trail in and around Des Moines that includes the High Trestle Trail.
Support this project

Leave a Reply