Mary Runkel

Mary Runkel

Mary Runkel is the Volunteer Coordinator at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

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  • Pieces of the Puzzle: Waterman Prairie Addition

    The process of completing a land protection project closely resembles putting a puzzle together, and sometimes the pieces are challenging to locate or difficult to put into place. A 227-acre addition to Waterman Prairie Wildlife Management Area in O'Brien County is part of a “puzzle” that connects two protected natural areas and adds a large tract to the 1500-acre Waterman complex, about 3.5 miles southeast of Sutherland. The addition is host to many distinctive features that make up the nor

  • Corporate companies partner with INHF

    Corporate philanthropy programs are doing remarkable things to create positive impact for Iowa's land, water and wildlife. They're influencing the present as well as the future, and doing so with great enthusiasm. A Nationwide employee smiles during a humid summer day brush collection. Corporate social responsibility (CSR), though not a new initiative, has gained significance in recent years. According to Forbes , companies are now competing “based on who has the best CSR strategy and wh

  • The Principal takes Ingawanis

    We'd like to thank Principal Financial Group for coming out on Thursday, July 23, to Ingawanis Woodland, one of our current projects. Their eager group of volunteers assisted with many things around the property—they cleared the woodland and the trail from recent storm damage, picked up an old trash pile and assisted in uprooting tile from the floor of one of the buildings. Here's the low-down on Ingawanis: When the Boy Scouts offered to sell 140 acres of its camp, the Iowa Natura

  • Heritage Valley: The little things in life

    An Iowa DNR member presents on a plant species to an attentive volunteer. (Photo by Jessica Rilling) As I reflect back on our summer seed harvest on July 9 up and around Heritage Valley in northeast Iowa, I think to myself “What a great day!” But I think that I say that a lot—so this time I'll do my best to answer WHY it was so great. INHF blufflands director Brian Fankhauser points out plant species to a volunteer. (Photo by Jessica Rilling) First off, we got to be outside durin

  • Happy trails at Camp WaNoKi

    INHF acquired the 77-acre Camp WaNoKi property in November 2014. The Webster County Conservation Board manages the land (with help from volunteers like these) to keep it properly maintained. Saturday, June 27, was a good day. We're sure the oak savanna agrees. It's easy to see why Camp WaNoKi is an American Indian abbreviation for “beautiful land and scenery.” And it's easy to imagine the fun had in the woods. Saturday, June 27, was one of those secretly profound days. Nothing huge happen

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