Apply for INHF’s summer land stewardship internship

Looking for a summer internship? Want to help restore Iowa’s natural beauty while learning about ecology, land management, and wildlife? Then apply to be an INHF Land Stewardship intern!

Check out Matt’s story here  and read the description below to get a taste of what exactly the internship entails. Applications for the 2016 summer crew are due Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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Iowa Prairie Conference

DSCN6508Members of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation land stewardship staff and statewide and blufflands land stewardship interns attended the fourteenth Iowa Prairie Conference in mid-July.

This year, the biennial event was hosted by the Biology Department at Luther College. Conference attendees gathered July 18 – July 20, 2013, on the Luther campus in Decorah, Iowa.

The conference began with an opportunity to visit one of two prairies nearby Decorah. Dr. Mike Osterholm hosted some of the conference guests on his property, Prairie Song Farm, on which INHF has a conservation easement. The Winneshiek County Conservation Board also offered guests a chance to visit Chipera Prairie.

DSCN6506On Friday, during the day, there were seminars about prairie management given by experts, including Brian Fankhauser, INHF’s bluffland program manager. Fankhauser discussed his work in prairie management in northeastern Iowa. Mary Jane Hatfield­­­, an insect expert, spoke about a potential new species discovery in the prairie. Another seminar focused on using goats as a means of managing invasive species. That evening, conference goers enjoyed a banquet.

On Saturday attendees spent a day in the field exploring three conserved areas within a 45 minute drive of Decorah. Prairie conference participants visited Sand Cove, Heritage Valley and the Mile Long/Solitaire Ridge Prairie, which are all located in Allamakee County. Two of the locations, Solitaire Ridge and Heritage Valley are INHF properties.

INHF land stewardship staff and interns were exceptionally excited about the chance to visit Heritage Valley, an INHF property where the interns pulled invasive species from planted prairie earlier this summer.

DSCN6466In all, the conference was an especially unique opportunity for the land stewardship interns.

“The prairie conference is a really good learning and networking opportunity for the interns,” said Melanie Louis, INHF land stewardship assistant.

INHF Land Stewardship Department Grows

Melanie (left), Ryan and Erin

This spring the land stewardship department at INHF has added a few fresh faces and a new land stewardship director!

Erin Van Waus is the newly appointed land stewardship director. Joe McGovern previously held the position before becoming INHF’s third president on May 1, 2013. (Learn more at http://www.inhf.org/presidenttransition.cfm) Continue reading

INHF visits Gardner Property for monitoring, volunteering

INHF land stewardship staff Tylar Samuels, Erin Van Waus and Ryan Schmidt in front of a large Bur oak on the Gardner property in Boone County.

INHF land stewardship staff Tylar Samuels, Erin Van Waus and Ryan Schmidt in front of a large Bur oak on the Gardner property in Boone County.

INHF Land Stewardship staff members Ryan Schmidt, Erin Van Waus and Tylar Samuels spent last Monday hiking around INHF’s 80-acre Gardner property in Boone County. Despite the chilly temperatures and even some snow, there were many signs and sounds of spring as we hiked through the woodlands, oak savannas and prairie remnants.

Staff visited the property as part of a monitoring visit and to also scout potential work areas for an INHF volunteer event that happened on Saturday. INHF partnered with the Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology Management Graduate Student Organization for a day to assist INHF with the continued stewardship and restoration of the land.

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Now Hiring: Land Stewardship Assistant

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is looking for a hands-on, motivated individual to assist our land stewardship staff in the incredible work they do across the state.

The Land Stewardship Assistant supports INHF and its land stewardship program by working to restore and protect native prairie, oak savanna, woodland, wetland, fragile natural areas, trout streams, trails, and additions to public conservation and recreation areas. This new, full-time position reports directly to the Land Stewardship Director and works closely with other team members. This is a rare opportunity to join our loyal staff of 20 committed people. Continue reading