If you’ve had fun hiking or biking on the hundreds of miles of Iowa’s scenic trails, you should thank the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has helped establish about half of the hiking-biking trails that wind through our state. But that’s far from all.
Since forming in 1979, the 7,000-member foundation has helped preserve about 119,000 acres of trails, wetlands, prairies, woodlands and greenways in 93 of Iowa’s 99 counties.
It acquires, purchases or helps restore the land, and it helps educate other Iowans on how to do the same.
For instance, the foundation is teaming up with partners in Plymouth County to protect over 150 acres of woodlands, oak savanna and prairie. It’s just one of dozens of projects on which the foundation is currently working.
So thank you, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, for giving Iowans better access to their environment.
For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.