Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Slattery Gift
Jerome and Virginia Slattery helped protect a 33-acre prairie remnant in Buchanan County with a bargain sale to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. This high quality prairie remnant has never been plowed and has plant communities that range from wetland prairie to mesic prairie with over 90 native species identified. Adder's tongue fern and field sedge, both state special concern species, are found on this site. INHF is working with Buchanan County Conservation Board on an agreement to own and manage the prairie for public use after funding is secured.
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.