Land protection in Madison County and a milestone for INHF

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Roslea Johnson, left, touring her property with For Land’s Sake.

When Bob and Roslea Johnson donated part of their Madison County farm to INHF, they had no idea that their generosity would help INHF reach a major milestone: 150,000 acres protected statewide.

Since 1979, INHF has worked to protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife in a variety of ways: through the expansion of publicly-owned lands, the placement of conservation easements on privately-owned lands, the piecing together of miles-long trail projects. It is the foresight and dedication of private landowners like the Johnsons that make the work possible. Continue reading

Recap: Volunteer day at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie

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The morning wind didn’t stop these volunteers from taking back the prairie! Last Saturday, 22 volunteers from near and far showed up at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie to show their hands-on support for the land. It’s days like these that keep me so enthusiastic about our mission- though the wind blew cold in the morning and the terrain was not only rough, but also wet, they kept the smiles on their faces and the enthusiasm high. Hardly a break was taken in the 3 hour time slot! I truly think I have the best job on the planet. Continue reading

Winter brushwork before & after

During the winter months, our land stewardship staff tends to get a little restless. They itch to get back out on the land, working to conserve natural areas and tend Iowa’s wild places. A couple of weeks ago Ryan, Melanie and Tylar braved the cold and headed out to INHF’s Razor’s Prairie in Jasper County to do some brushwork. The before & after results were pretty amazing:

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