2015 Intern Recap: Blufflands Land Stewardship

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The second summer of the INHF Blufflands Stewardship intern crew was a success! Our Blufflands crew worked a total of 44 days on 14 sites around northeast Iowa, making a lasting impact on several properties and projects. The internship wrapped up on Aug. 13.

The first few weeks of the summer were spent at INHF’s Heritage Valley property in Allamakee Co. weeding the prairies and woodlands of things like garlic mustard, wild parsnip, queen annes lace, sweet clover, and thistles. The next few weeks involved a lot of chainsaw work both at Heritage Valley and around the driftless region, removing cedar trees from bluff prairies and combating honeysuckle and buckthorn. Interns were also able to participate in several seed harvests and volunteer events.

Interns were able to work with other conservation professionals, working with partner land stewardship organizations and volunteers either on partner properties or INHF properties. The highlight week for the interns was at Raleigh Buckmasters’, an INHF conservation easement in Allamakee Co., where they were able to see timber rattlesnakes. Interns also enjoyed their time at Indiangrass Hills in Iowa Co., along with the Iowa Prairie Conference at UNI.

Thank you, interns, for your hard work for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife!

Learn more about INHF’s Blufflands land stewardship internship.

Coming up Buckmaster

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This view comes from the overlook at Capoli on the Buckmaster property.

ls interns working at buckmaster '15Our land stewardship interns worked at the Buckmaster property in Allamakee County last week. They removed brush on a hillside prairie protected by a conservation easement with INHF. Interns have worked on the property since 2008.

The Buckmaster family and INHF have a voluntary land protection agreement in place—or conservation easement—to protect a 146-acre site in Iowa’s northeast corner with more than two miles of bluff-line along the Mississippi River, including the dramatically angled bluff Capoli (CAP-oh-lie), which rises 420 feet above the river. Thanks to work from our interns (and many other helpers, including INHF staff) on removing cedars, invasive brush and conducting controlled burns, an increasingly diverse prairie now covers Capoli’s slopes. Continue reading