REAP In Your Region: Clear Lake State Park, Elk Creek Marsh 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 2
Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth

REAP Assembly – Ventura
Oct. 29, 2015 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Ventura Community Center (4 North Weimer Street, Ventura, IA 50482)

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Clear Lake State Park

From hiking the trails to boating in the sunshine, Clear Lake is a recreational hotspot for Iowans. Located at the heart of the Great Lakes region, Clear Lake offers a great fishing experience, which would not be possible without watershed and shoreline protection. Walleyes, muskie, northern pike, bullheads, catfish, yellow bass, crappies and other panfish can all be found within the lake. The park also offers bird watching, an abundance of trails and modern campgrounds perfect for any family outing.

REAP funding for this project: $2,545,287

Region 10
Region REAP Support (total): $10,811,336

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Picture perfect prairies

A tour participant photographs a wood lily at the Stinson Prairie State Preserve.

A tour participant photographs a wood lily at Stinson Prairie State Preserve.

On Saturday, June 27, INHF president Joe McGovern led tours of three prairies in Kossuth County, co-sponsored by INHF, the Iowa Native Plant Society and the Iowa Prairie Network.

INHF vice president and development director Anita O’Gara and land stewardship director Erin Van Waus also attended the tours. “The neat thing about the day is that we had a variety of attendees – people who know prairie really well, those that enjoy photography and those that haven’t ever set foot on a prairie,” Van Waus said. “So it was a nice mix of attendees of all ages.” Continue reading

McGovern to lead tour of Kossuth County prairies

The sun sets over Wildin Prairie.

The sun sets over Wildin Heritage Prairie. (Photo by Joe McGovern)

INHF President Joe McGovern will lead tours of three prairies in Kossuth County on Saturday, June 27. The field trips will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are co-sponsored by INHF, the Iowa Native Plant Society and the Iowa Prairie Network. Continue reading

Maple Tree Tapping in Iowa

When you think of Iowa, maple syrup isn’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind. But did you know that maple syrup is one of the oldest agricultural crops and that early pioneers in Iowa would tap maple trees for their annual supply of sweetener? Continue reading

Fun Fall Happenings on INHF Properties

At INHF, we’re passionate about conservation. But without the dedication of our members we couldn’t accomplish any of our great projects that make Iowa a better place to live.

We love to share these projects with you! Check out some of the cool autumn happenings on properties our members helped protect:All Rights Reserved INHF

Winneshiek County

INHF’s Erin Van Waus recounts a recent experience whene she got an up-close look at some of Iowa’s coolest critters:

“While monitoring the Marx Conservation Easement last week in Winneshiek County, I encountered a momma otter with her three pups. I crouched down in the grass, so I wouldn’t scare them and took these photos. They looked like they were having a nice leisurely morning stroll. I’m sure they were thinking, ‘Thank you INHF and others for protecting our habitat and water quality.'”

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Kossuth County

Last Monday Jon Judson, who works with Diversity Farms, helped INHF combine Bernau Prairie in Kossuth County using Gary Bernau’s combine. Gary donated the use of the combine and even ran it for the first hour.

“The harvest was a great success, and the seed will be used to help plant the INHF’s Wildin North CRP this fall, located two miles away from this remnant,” says Joe McGovern, land stewardship program director at INHF. “You can’t get much more local than that!”