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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

  • Bound by the Land

    JUL. 3, 2018

    A shared vision between friends became an opportunity to permanently protect a large complex in Mahaska County.

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  • A Trail Dream Realized

    JUN. 22, 2018

    For the past 13 years, Carlisle has been working to create a trail connecting the city of Carlisle to the Des Moines metro area. Recently, a new piece of the puzzle fell into place with the unveiling of a new, 3.3-mile multi-use trail through the city.

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  • Following Family Wishes

    JUN. 22, 2018

    Gary Hargroves of Monona County had a passion for conservation and owned prairie in the Loess Hills that embodied many of the area's natural features. However, when Gary passed away suddenly, the future of his land became an unknown.

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  • Peace, Purpose & Wild Parsnip

    JUN. 13, 2018

    Over the years, INHF volunteer Dennis Haller has helped restore hundreds of acres of INHF-owned-and-managed lands near his home in Decorah. In the process, he's found peace, purpose and pulled his fair share of wild parsnip.

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  • Return to Wild

    JUN. 6, 2018

    “Iowa" and "mining" are not words commonly associated with one another, at least not anymore. But in some parts of the state, the two have a long history that has left its mark on the natural landscape.

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