Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Brandrup Gift
Mike and Pat Brandrup helped protect 110 acres along the Boone River near Webster City with a bargain sale donation to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The land has an excellent example of mixed natural habitats along the ecologically significant Boone River. Oak/hickory woodland, oak savanna, hardwood bottom timber, restored prairie pothole, oxbow wetlands and upland prairie plantings all co-exist on the 110 acres. The river frontage is natural and well established with bottomland timber that adds to the experience of paddlers, anglers and wildlife observers on the Boone River. The site will eventually transfer in ownership and management to the Hamilton County Conservation Board.
Gift to Iowa's Future
In 2008, Iowa legislators designated the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa’s Future Day to celebrate and honor individuals, corporations and organizations that have helped permanently protect land for parks, trails, natural areas, fish and wildlife habitats in Iowa.
A number of this year’s honorees worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to help them find the right options to protect their land for conservation purposes.