Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Union Pacific Railroad Gift
Union Pacific Railroad Company has donated a portion of the value of 8 acres of former railroad corridor in Polk County to help with the completion of the Berwick-Bondurant Trail. This project is part of the Central Iowa Trail Loop plan and is both a state and regional trail priority. The corridor connects the Chichaqua Valley Trail to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail and therefore links Des Moines and Bondurant with Ankeny by trail. The corridor was purchased by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for eventual ownership and management by the Polk 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.