INHF in action: New addition to Stephens State Forest

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Soap Creek runs through the 227-acre addition to Stephen’s State Forest in Davis County.

INHF recently assisted the Iowa DNR in acquiring a 227-acre addition to Stephens State Forest and Soap Creek WMA. The property is located approximately 4 miles northeast of Unionville in Davis county. INHF purchased the property in 2013 and held it until recently when the DNR was able to purchase it and open it to public use.

Indiana Bat

The Indiana bat

The area is a mix of habitats with over 100 acres of oak-hickory woodland. Part of the property borders Soap Creek, where restored riverine wetlands protect water quality.
Soap Creek is one of four Iowa Flood Center priority watersheds identified in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Flooding on Soap Creek has been a problem for decades, and the protection of this property with support the goals of the Iowa Flood Center/HUD project, which include:

  • Maximize soil water holding capacity from precipitation
  • Miniminze severe soil erosion and sand deposition during floods
  • Manage water runoff in uplands under saturated soil moisture conditions
  • Reduce and mitigate structural and nonstructural flood damage

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REAP In Your Region: Lake Keomah State Park, Ottumwa Trails and more

For the next six weeks, INHF will be sharing the impact Iowa’s REAP program has in communities throughout the state. The Iowa DNR is hosting regional REAP Assemblies until Nov. 5, local meetings that allow residents to learn more about REAP and play a role in the programs policies and projects.

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Region 15

Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wapello

REAP Assembly – Ottumwa
Oct. 14, 2015 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
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