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Almost 6,800 acres of Iowa land in 36 counties with an estimated gift value of more than $10.2 million was permanently protected through donations for conservation.
The landowners, families and organizations associated with the 39 donations of land or land value will be recognized during a ceremony on April 5, from 9:45 to 11 a.m., in the Legislative Dining Room 15, at the State Capitol, in Des Moines. Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to attend.
Ann Anderson, of Des Moines, is a strong advocate for conservation across Iowa and specifically in the Iowa Great Lakes region. She and her husband, Sig, owned a 163-acre property near the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji. The land, fondly known as Green Pasture Farm, was bought by Anderson's mother and father, Ralph and Sylvia Green, in the 1930s and has been in the family ever since. Protection and stewardship have always been at the core of Ann's long-term vision for Green Pasture Farm. Ann donated a conservation easement on the property to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) in 2016, forever protecting the 163 acres of Iowa prairie remnants, restored wetlands and lush grasslands and preserving critical habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and many other types of wildlife.
The Andersons then donated the land to INHF-entrusting its ownership and long-term care to the Foundation.
Kenneth and Shirley Andrews, of Alburnett, own land next to the Wickiup Hill Natural Area in Linn County. The couple protected their tree farm in 2005 with a 35-acre conservation easement held by the Linn County Conservation Board. In 2016, they donated an easement on an additional 15 acres they own to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) to permanently protect the area for its open space, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty, while expanding a growing complex of natural lands.