Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Hutchinson and Spring Gift
Ann Hutchinson and James Spring of the Quad Cities donated a portion of the value of 215 acres of restored wetland habitat to create the Wheatland Wildlife Area in Wheatland, Iowa. This restoration along Yankee Creek will help reduce flooding as the creek drains into the Wapsipinicon River, one of Iowa’s five Protected Water Areas. The site was purchased by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for eventual ownership and management by the Clinton 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.