Duane Sand: A career of unlocking conservation possibilities


Thirty-two years ago, Duane Sand asked me to help him with some summer communication about a concept he hoped would become part of the 1985 Farm Bill. It would give farmers an incentive to put their most erosive acres into grassland cover for ten years. Today you know it as CRP – the Conservation Reserve Program.

In his quiet, behind-the-scenes way, Duane has always been on the forefront of fresh concepts to protect land and water. He would be the last one to draw attention to his 40-year conservation career. But I believe his story can help to inspire a new generation of conservation thinkers who might follow their own paths of innovation for the good of the cause. Continue reading

REAP In Your Region: Region 10

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 10
Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington

REAP Assembly – Oxford
Oct. 8, 2015 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Conservation Education Center – Kent Park (2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford, IA 52322) Continue reading

Around Iowa: Slithering Snakes & Blue Bird Houses

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Photo by Ron Huelse

Slithering Snakes – Saturday, March 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Spend the morning with herpetologist Don Becker at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center to learn all about the native snakes of Linn County. Get a hands-on look at some native reptiles and a few exotic ones too! Continue reading