Resource Enhancement and Protection Meetings (REAP) to be Held at 18 Locations Sept 20 - Oct 27
Posted: 09/15/2011

Des Moines – Iowa residents will have the opportunity to shape the future of Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) at one of 18 public meetings held around the state from Sept. 20 through Oct. 27.

REAP, Iowa’s premiere outdoor recreation and conservation funding program, has a 22-year, $260 million funding history for parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education, according to DNR Deputy Director Chuck Gipp.

“Any person who has even the slightest interest in natural resources and outdoor recreation should consider attending a nearby meeting,” said Gipp. “Those who attend will find it highly interesting and well worth the time to help REAP be better and stronger, right in their own back yard.”

The REAP Act has a formula that distributes funding to farmers, conservation organizations, educators, cities, counties, historians, and state projects. Funding comes from gaming revenues and sales of natural resource license plates. Legislators appropriated $15 Million in 2010 and $12 Million in 2011.  Full funding of the REAP Act is $20 Million.

The REAP Act also calls for major public participation through county committees and these 18 assemblies. At the assemblies, delegates will be elected to the REAP Congress that meets in Des Moines January 7 in the House of Representatives. 

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with an open house showcasing REAP's positive impact on the 18 regions.  Each assembly will begin at 6:30 p.m.

2011 REAP Assembly Schedule
Open House with Displays at 5:30-6:30, 6:30-8:00 Assembly

 

CITY

Date

LOCATION

COUNTIES IN REGION

1

Cedar Falls

 

9/20

Hartman Reserve Nature Center

657 Reserve Drive, Cedar Falls

3 blocks north of Rainbow Drive

REGION 7:

Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy

2

Monona

9/21

 

Community Center

104 S Egbert St.

1 block east of N Main Street

REGION 1:

Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek

3

Coralville

 

 

9/22

North Ridge Pavilion

2250 Holiday Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241

REGION 10:

Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington

4

Maquoketa

9/27

Hurstville Interpretive Center

18670 63rd St., North of Maquoketa on Hwy 61

REGION 8:

Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson

5

Mason City

 

9/28

Lime Creek Nature Center

3501 Lime Creek Road, less than one mile north of Mason City on Hwy 65, then take Nature Ct. Rd

REGION 2:

Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth

6

Marshalltown

 

9/29

Grimes Farm and Conservation Center

2349 233rd St., West of Marshalltown
From the west, take Exit 181 from Highway 30. Turn left at Highland Acres Road and head north for about half a mile. Turn left again on 233rd Street.
From the east, take Exit 182 (Highland Acres Road) and turn right. The road will make a peculiar little jog as it goes over Iowa Avenue, but keep on going north for another half a mile or so. Turn left on 233rd Street.

REGION  6:

Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama

7

Correctionville

10/4

Correctionville Community Center

312 Driftwood (Hwy 31)

REGION 4:

Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Woodbury

8

Spencer

 

10/5

 

Clay County Regional Events Center

800 W. 18th

REGION 3:

Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Sioux

9

Fort Dodge

10/6

Bob Heuen Shelter at Kennedy Park

1415 Nelson Ave., approximately 5 miles north of Fort Dodge on 15th street or County Road P56

REGION 5:

Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster, Wright

10

Muscatine

10/10

Environmental Learning Center

3300 Cedar St.

REGION 9:

Muscatine, Scott

11

Burlington

 

10/11

City Auditorium - Banquet Room

200 North Front Street

REGION 16:

Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa

12

Fairfield

10/12

Fairfield Library

104 West Adams Avenue

REGION  15:

Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wapello

13

Shenandoah

10/18

Shendoah Chamber and Industrial Association

100 S. Maple

REGION 13:

Fremont, Mills Montgomery, Page

14

Council Bluffs

10/19

Council Bluffs Public Library

400 Willow Avenue

REGION 17:

Pottawattamie, Harrison, Shelby, Cass

15

Carroll

 

10/20

Conservation Center at Swan Lake State Park

Southeast of Carroll

REGION  12:

Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Sac

16

Moravia

10/24

Honey Creek Resort State Park

12194 Honey Creek Pl.

REGION 18:

Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe, Wayne

17

Creston

10/25

 

Southwestern Community College

Performing Arts Center/Multipurpose Room

1201 W. Townline St.

REGION 14:

Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor, Union

18

West Des Moines

10/27

Raccoon River Park Lodge

2500 Grand Avenue

REGION 11:

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