Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Hertz Gift
The Hertz Family donated a 21-acre woodland south of Nevada to establish Hertz Family Woods & Nature Preserve, a new public woodland given in memory of Carl and Marjory Hertz and C. Douglas Hertz. For more than 50 years Marjory Hertz nurtured a wide variety of trees and wildflowers here. The family wished to preserve this site where the public can enjoy nature and learn about trees, vegetation, wetlands and geology. For several years the family worked to establish a trail and parking lot, making the site ready for public use. The family through CarMar Farms Ltd. donated the land to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, which transferred it to Story 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.