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Southeast, Central Iowa Communities Hosting REAP Meetings

Iowans are coming together this fall to talk about what they want for outdoor amenities in their state.

The biennial Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies give all Iowans an opportunity to discuss their vision of Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources, land management and more.

“We are here to listen to Iowans tell us what they want for their parks, trails, museums and other amenities,” said Tammie Krausman, who coordinates the REAP program for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  

Upcoming REAP meetings include Burlington Tuesday night at Starr’s Cave Nature Center for residents of Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties; Oct. 14 in Ottumwa at Bridgeview Center for residents of Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties; and Oct. 15 in Chariton at Pin Oak Lodge for residents of Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties.

Meetings resume on Oct. 20 in Webster City at Briggs Woods Golf Course Lodge for residents of Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright counties, Oct. 21 in Marshalltown at Grimes Farm – Conservation Center for residents of Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties, and Oct. 22 in Afton at Three Mile Lake Lodge for residents of Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.

Meetings began September 29 and run through November 5. A list of REAP assembly locations is available online at www.iowareap.com.

REAP assemblies are locally led meetings where issues can be brought forth and voted upon. Meetings begin with an open house at 6 p.m., followed by the assembly from 6:30 – 8. Each assembly represents a region of counties and participants are required to attend the region for the county in which they reside. 

“This program belongs to Iowans and we want their input,” Krausman said. “REAP benefits every county every year either through improved water quality, by preserving our historical assets or providing outdoor recreation and it has had a significant impact on our quality of life.”

Each year, REAP provides funding for local projects through a grant process and each year, the requests for city and county grants exceed the amount available by two or three times. Since the program debuted in 1989, more than $300 million has been awarded to more than 14,500 projects.

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