Trail Tuesday: Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email ibt@inhf.org.

WABASH

This week’s featured trail is Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Continue reading

Iowa By Trail app receives $40,000 Wellmark Foundation challenge grant

trails-info-2The Iowa By Trail app, a project of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), has received a $40,000 challenge grant from The Wellmark Foundation for projects that promote community and individual health.

“We’re ecstatic to be partnering with Wellmark to help complete the first portion of our Iowa By Trail app project,” said Hannah Inman, INHF Communications Director. “Iowa By Trail is the first app of its kind in the nation allowing Iowans to explore 1,800 miles of multi-use trails around the state using their smartphone. It’s a platform to showcase and brand Iowa’s premier trail system, allowing people to more easily access and use Iowa’s extensive trail system as well as the communities along it. The app helps users find trails closest to them, discover interesting stops along the way—restaurants, state parks, restrooms—and keeps users updated on trail closures and events.” Continue reading

Trail Tuesday: Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email ibt@inhf.org.

CVNT

This week’s highlighted trail is the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

This 52-mile linear park follows a route through the Cedar River bottomlands, along forested banks of the river and across fields where stands of trees are punctuated by open vistas. The trail is asphalt at the ends with crushed limestone in the middle. Continue reading

INHF president transition

Mark Ackelson, president of INHF and president emeritus starting May 1.  Photo by Jessica Rilling.

Mark Ackelson, president of INHF and president emeritus starting May 1.
Photo by Jessica Rilling.

Written by INHF President Mark C. Ackelson

Three years ago, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation board and staff began to look at anticipated staff leadership transitions.  We didn’t know when they would all occur, but we knew that day would come. We began by considering our strengths and challenges, what makes us unique, and what changes to our organization workplace we could expect during leadership transition.  And then we began to prepare. We strengthened our skillsets and shared leadership responsibilities among our staff. We hired new staff and strengthened departments.

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