Pieces of the Puzzle: Waterman Prairie Addition

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The process of completing a land protection project closely resembles putting a puzzle together, and sometimes the pieces are challenging to locate or difficult to put into place.

A 227-acre addition to Waterman Prairie Wildlife Management Area in O’Brien County is part of a “puzzle” that connects two protected natural areas and adds a large tract to the 1500-acre Waterman complex, about 3.5 miles southeast of Sutherland. The addition is host to many distinctive features that make up the northwest Iowa landscape. It boasts soft-edged rolling hills with remnant prairie, a wooded, winding creek, oak savanna and a large oak woodland. The Iowa DNR approached INHF to help acquire this connecting piece in fall 2014. Continue reading

Corporate companies partner with INHF

Corporate philanthropy programs are doing remarkable things to create positive impact for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. They’re influencing the present as well as the future, and doing so with great enthusiasm.

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A Nationwide employee smiles during a humid summer day brush collection.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), though not a new initiative, has gained significance in recent years. According to Forbes, companies are now competing “based on who has the best CSR strategy and who makes their employees feel good on a community service level.” High CSR standards have become a priority in many company cultures, and non-profits are expanding and achieving at greater capacities.

INHF has experienced the impact of these conscience–forward companies both through financial and “hands-on” giving, as companies offer their employees paid time off for volunteering. Continue reading

The Principal takes Ingawanis

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We’d like to thank Principal Financial Group for coming out on Thursday, July 23, to Ingawanis Woodland, one of our current projects. Their eager group of volunteers assisted with many things around the property—they cleared the woodland and the trail from recent storm damage, picked up an old trash pile and assisted in uprooting tile from the floor of one of the buildings. Continue reading

Heritage Valley: The little things in life

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An Iowa DNR member presents on a plant species to an attentive volunteer. (Photo by Jessica Rilling)

As I reflect back on our summer seed harvest on July 9 up and around Heritage Valley in northeast Iowa, I think to myself “What a great day!” But I think that I say that a lot—so this time I’ll do my best to answer WHY it was so great. Continue reading

Happy trails at Camp WaNoKi

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INHF acquired the 77-acre Camp WaNoKi property in November 2014. The Webster County Conservation Board manages the land (with help from volunteers like these) to keep it properly maintained.

Saturday, June 27, was a good day.

We’re sure the oak savanna agrees. It’s easy to see why Camp WaNoKi is an American Indian abbreviation for “beautiful land and scenery.” And it’s easy to imagine the fun had in the woods.

Saturday, June 27, was one of those secretly profound days. Nothing huge happened; there wasn’t a celebrity to see or even a grand view. No fireworks. Just people coming together for a cause greater than themselves. Continue reading

Recap: Volunteer day at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie

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The morning wind didn’t stop these volunteers from taking back the prairie! Last Saturday, 22 volunteers from near and far showed up at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie to show their hands-on support for the land. It’s days like these that keep me so enthusiastic about our mission- though the wind blew cold in the morning and the terrain was not only rough, but also wet, they kept the smiles on their faces and the enthusiasm high. Hardly a break was taken in the 3 hour time slot! I truly think I have the best job on the planet. Continue reading