DES MOINES - Nearly 4,300 acres of Iowa land with a value approaching $8 million was permanently protected through many donations for conservation. The donors associated with the 33 donations of land or land value will be recognized during ceremony at the State Capitol.
The ceremony, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, is scheduled on April 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room 116, at the State Capitol, in Des Moines. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to attend.
Landowners who are in attendance will be honored individually for their donation. A reception follows the ceremony.
The first Monday in April is designated as the Gift to Iowa's Future Recognition Day to recognize, celebrate and honor individuals and corporations who have donated land or a conservation easement to benefit Iowa's parks, trails, fish and wildlife habitat, natural areas, open spaces and public recreation areas for other public uses and benefits.