5 fun winter activities in REAP areas

embrace-winter copyWinter doesn’t have to be a time to stay cooped up inside. There are plenty activities to get you outdoors and enjoying the beauty of an Iowa winter. Many of the best places to experience Iowa this time of year are supported by the Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)* program.

*Although, there is one indoor activity that can help you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors even more. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, come to the Capitol for the 2015 Environmental Lobby Day to tell your legislators why funding the REAP program and protecting Iowa’s natural resources is important to you.

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Lobbying to protect our natural resources

This year’s Environmental Lobby Day/REAP Day is Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organized by the Iowa Reap Alliance and the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC), this is a great opportunity to speak with legislators about the importance of protecting Iowa’s natural resources and show support for funding REAP and the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
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Speak up for REAP on March 18!

Spring Brook Lake ... Fall foliage25 years ago, the Iowa REAP Program bill passed the Iowa House with 100 votes. The desire to protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife for future generations was unanimous. This year, in celebration of the over over $300 million in benefits for Iowans with conservation projects in all 99 counties, we want to keep that momentum going.

Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa REAP Alliance, Iowa Environmental Council and many others at the capitol March 18 to voice your support for Iowa’s REAP Program! REAP Day at the Statehouse is our chance to show Iowa legislators that Iowans value protecting our natural resources and supporting outdoor recreation and is a historic opportunity to push for full funding—$25 million for its 25th year! Continue reading