Join INHF at the Iowa Prairie Network’s winter meeting

IPN3-logoOn Saturday, Jan. 30, join INHF and fellow nature enthusiasts at the Iowa Prairie Network’s winter meeting!

This year’s event will be held at Ames High School from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come early to participate in a winter prairie hike at the Pohl State Preserve, and stay for speaker presentations, displays and a silent auction.

The proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit INHF’s Sellberg Property in Story County. The 49-acre pasture is home to several prairie remnants and a portion of West Indian Creek. INHF currently owns the property and is working with Story County Conservation Board to raise funds so the project can one day be open to the public.

For more information about the meeting, check out Iowa Prairie Network’s Facebook event or contact Trish Patrick at tpatrick5350@gmail.com. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

The Iowa Prairie Network is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of prairie heritage in Iowa. Since 1990, IPN has been a network of advocacy for Iowa’s natural heritage, using its funding to support land acquisition and restoration practices.

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REAP In Your Region: High Trestle Trail, Gray’s Lake, Chichaqua Bottoms 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.

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Region 11
Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk, Story, Warren

REAP Assembly – Bondurant
Nov. 5, 2015 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Bondurant Public Library (104 2nd St. NE, Bondurant, IA 50035)

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FEATURED PROJECT

Chichaqua Bottoms

Located just east of Ankeny, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt has been expanded and protected for decades. It is home to various types of wildlife, including migrating waterfowl and several rare and declining species. Straddling Polk and Jasper counties along the Skunk River, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt now contains more than 9,100 acres of wetlands and associated uplands. The wetlands slowly filter out runoff and remove contaminants, producing clean and clear water. Truly, Chichaqua’s benefits to Iowa’s land and water go beyond outdoor recreation.

REAP funding for this project: $104,875


Region 11
Region REAP Support (total): $32,142,517

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Controlled Goose Hunt at Hickory Grove Park

GeeseInFlight-RobertFranksBeginning October 5, the Story County Conservation Board is allowing a controlled goose hunt to help control the goose population using the lake in the winter time due to bacterial growth. Hunting will be confined to the lake. This controlled hunting period will begin October 5 and end January 9. The hours are one-half hour before and after sunrise/sunset. Hunters may use portable blinds, but gas boat motors are not allowed.

Hickory Grove Park:
67464 250th St.
Colo, IA 50056

Between 250th and 255th Streets and 670th & 680th Avenues.

For more information on dates or any questions, contact Hickory Grove Park at 641-377-2833 or email Park Ranger Luke Feilmeier at lfeilmeier@storycounty.com.

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Intern Orientation

On Wednesday, May 28, INHF hosted an intern orientation at Jennett Heritage Area in Story County. Interns, including myself, attended.

We started off the day by splitting into groups and learning about the different roles INHF employees, donors, and supporters play into the foundation’s mission, while touring the Jennett area. Continue reading