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Nearly 4,000 acres of Iowa land in 25 counties with an estimated value of nearly $4.9 million was permanently protected through donations for conservation.
The donors associated with over 30 donations of land or land value will be recognized during a ceremony on March 25, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the 1st floor rotunda, at the State Capitol, in Des Moines. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to attend.
Update: In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as the suspension of the legislative session and restricted access to the Capitol, the DNR is cancelling this ceremony.
Donors scheduled to be recognized at this year’s Gift to Iowa Ceremony are encouraged to participate in the 2021 ceremony. A date has yet to be set.
Bill Lundie and Jean Meehan sold 82 acres west of Dumont to the Iowa DNR at below market value price. This diverse West Fork Cedar River floodplain forest and grassland, bisected by Hartgrave Creek, is home to the state-threatened Blanding’s turtle. This donation will provide water quality benefits to the greater Big Marsh area, along with enhancement of small wetland habitats and existing floodplain timber management. The property allows for excellent access for public hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
Ed May donated 63 acres of native prairie in the Loess Hills to The Nature Conservancy. Ed has worked with conservation partners to improve the health of the prairie through diligent management of woody vegetation and invasive species. Remnant, native prairie is exceptionally rare in Iowa (less than 1/10 of 1% of the state’s original tallgrass prairie remains). The Nature Conservancy will establish a conservation easement on the property and look for an interested conservation-minded owner to own and manage it for the long-term.
The Steele Family Limited Partnership sold, at a bargain price, a portion of their farm to the Nature Conservancy (TNC). Tom Steele, managing general partner, and his family have managed the remnant prairie on this tract with tree shearing, prescribed fire, and cattle grazing for many years. They worked with NRCS, DNR, the Little Sioux Grazing Network, and TNC to keep the prairie healthy with conservation best practices.