Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Neste Gift
The Neste family—Ingrid Neste, Mary Neste, and Joseph and Michele Stefanick—donated a portion of the value of their family farm near Decorah through a bargain sale to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. This diverse property includes Dry Run Creek, woodlands, hay fields and tree plantings. A mile of abandoned railroad corridor bisects the woodland. The Winneshiek County Conservation Board plans to develop a trail on the former rail corridor to connect Prairie Farmer Trail and Trout Run Trail. This property will be one of the most scenic segments along the proposed trail.
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.