DES MOINES – Women who want to increase habitat for specific wildlife or manage hunting on their farmland are invited to discussions and field tours near Edgewood or Chariton.
Join other women for an informative discussion ranging from managing land to benefit wildlife to plantings that attract individual species. Attendees may also discuss landowner’s rights when dealing with prospective hunters, or the benefits and drawbacks of leasing to hunters.
“Women landowners are often very interested in how to integrate wildlife with their farming operations,” said Kathy Koskovich, DNR biologist in Sioux City. “The key is to help them see those opportunities on their own farms to provide wildlife habitat and still grow crops.”
The two meetings are scheduled for:
- Edgewood, March 27: Aunt Necee’s Pizza, 100 N. Washington St., Edgewood. RSVP by 5 p.m. March 23 to Lynn Heuss at 515-201-9405.
- Chariton, March 30: Pin Oak Nature Center, 45996 Iowa 14, Chariton. RSVP by 5 p.m. March 28 by calling Lynn Heuss at 515-201-9405.
Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. for both meetings. A free lunch is provided, followed by an optional field tour. The meetings will end by 3:30 p.m. Events are free, but reservations are required because space is limited to 15.
“Natural areas are a vital part of both our natural and economic communities,” said Helga Offenburger, wildlife specialist at the DNR Chariton office. “Well managed, they provide excellent wildlife habitat and improved water quality. This will be a day for women to network, learn and discuss conservation options available on their land.”
This event is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) as part of its Women Caring for the Land series, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University Extension.
Women now own or co-own more than 50% of the farmland in Iowa, and an increasing number of them are sole owners. “We have worked with women landowners for 15 years,” says Leigh Adcock, WFAN executive director. “They are some of the most dedicated conservationists in the state, but are typically overlooked with traditional conservation outreach, which is targeted at the tenant farmer.”
Women Caring for the Land meetings bring together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format. Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources, including information about the ongoing signup for the USDA general Conservation Reserve Program March 12 to April 6. Following lunch, DNR biologists will lead a field tour of area habitat sites.
For information about the program, visit www.wfan.org
. For more information on the general Conservation Reserve Program, contact the county Farm Service Agency office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov
. More information is available on the NRCS and DNR websites at www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov