Iowa Lakes’ students are working to expand the prairie at Fort Defiance State Park in Emmet County.
Efforts by the students and others have helped double the area of the prairie over the last three years.
The Estherville Daily News reports that the students invested a substantial amount of time to aid Iowa’s natural environment:
“The students have put in over 100 hours collectively,” said [Iowa Lakes’ professor Gary] Phillips. “They’ll also collected seed to repopulate the area that’s been cleared. The time together is over 150 hours.”
For more information on the prairie and Iowa’s ecosystem, check out our interview with Connie Mutel.