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Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County

Daniel Ruf

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Turin Prairie, Monona County

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Nathan Houck

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Recent Stories

  • Mark C. Ackelson Trail

    DEC. 5, 2018

    This fall, construction will be complete on a new six-mile trail around Easter Lake on the southeast side of Des Moines. The Ackelson Trail, named for former INHF president Mark C. Ackelson, will provide cycling, skating and hiking opportunities

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  • Blueprint for connection

    NOV. 30, 2018

    Mason City had a vision for a healthier, more connected community. A new trail could help achieve that goal.

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  • A Record Year

    NOV. 26, 2018

    Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation volunteers logged over 1,800 hours caring for the land, introducing others to INHF and assisting staff in 2018. Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis takes a look back at this record-breaking year.

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  • INHF Receives National Service Enterprise Certification

    NOV. 26, 2018

    Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) has been recognized as Service Enterprise, a designation awarded to organizations that leverage volunteers across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission.

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  • Meadow-morphasis

    NOV. 21, 2018

    John and Shari Paule worked for years to restore their land in Madison County. Now, they're protecting it well into the future.

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