Winter volunteer day at Razor Prairie

looking-SE-1024x768Al and Mary Razor loved their land. The 24-acre partial woodland, oak savanna and prairie parcel was their everything. And in 2001, with their health on the decline, the Razors decided to permanently protect their land and donate it to INHF.

Help us honor Al and Mary’s legacy with a brush clear at Razor Prairie in Jasper County. Continue reading

REAP In Your Region: High Trestle Trail, Gray’s Lake, Chichaqua Bottoms 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.


Region 11
Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk, Story, Warren

REAP Assembly – Bondurant
Nov. 5, 2015 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Bondurant Public Library (104 2nd St. NE, Bondurant, IA 50035)



Chichaqua Bottoms

Located just east of Ankeny, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt has been expanded and protected for decades. It is home to various types of wildlife, including migrating waterfowl and several rare and declining species. Straddling Polk and Jasper counties along the Skunk River, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt now contains more than 9,100 acres of wetlands and associated uplands. The wetlands slowly filter out runoff and remove contaminants, producing clean and clear water. Truly, Chichaqua’s benefits to Iowa’s land and water go beyond outdoor recreation.

REAP funding for this project: $104,875

Region 11
Region REAP Support (total): $32,142,517


2014 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award

kramer picA resident of Jasper County will receive a statewide award for her commitment to conservation in her county and throughout Iowa for her work done above and beyond job requirements.

Carol Kramer is the recipient of the 2014 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award.

The Hagie award, endowed by the family of Lawrence and Eula Hagie, is given annually by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), a statewide conservation organization that protects and restores Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. INHF’s work in Jasper County includes the Chichaqua Valley Trail and Hartley Heritage Fen. Continue reading