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 →
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.
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 →
With 700-plus acres and 1,000 more of adjoining conservation land along the Cedar River Greenbelt in Linn County, Wickiup Hill is the perfect one-day getaway to enjoy Iowa’s winter weather. Continue reading →