Gift to Iowa’s Future Day celebrates Iowa landowners

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On Thursday, March 24, a group of Iowa landowners were honored at the state capitol building for gifts of conservation land, land value and conservation easements made in 2015. “Gift To Iowa’s Future” day is an annual celebration of private landowners and organizations who protect their land for natural resources and recreation opportunities. 2015 gifts totaled more than $10 million and protected over 4,500 acres in 15 counties.

16 of the 23 landowners honored worked in partnership with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to protect their land.

“Private landowners are instrumental in protecting Iowa’s land, water and wildlife,” said INHF President Joe McGovern. “Gift to Iowa’s Future Day is a chance for us to celebrate the generous contributions individual Iowans make to conservation each year. It is truly humbling to see the impact of these gifts across the state.”
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INHF celebrates Gift to Iowa’s Future Day at the capitol

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On Tuesday, INHF staff and partners were honored at Gift to Iowa’s Future Day, which celebrated contributions that Iowa landowners and organizations make to preserving land for conservation and public use in 2013. Many of the landowners donated land through INHF, paving the way for special protected and public areas.

10 families and individuals were recognized in association with INHF. Read the stories of their partnerships and land. Continue reading

Gift to Iowa’s Future Day

Over 20 landowners, families and organizations were honored for their gifts to conservation in 2012.

Over 20 landowners, families and organizations were honored for their gifts to conservation in 2012.
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On Monday, April 1, members of the INHF staff joined Governor Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other legislators at the Iowa State Capitol to recognize individuals, families, businesses and organizations for gifts to Iowa’s future in 2012 in the form of land or land value for conservation. Continue reading