Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013 in Blog


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On Monday, April 1 at the State Capitol, Governor Terry Branstad and legislators recognized individuals, families, businesses and organizations for gifts to Iowa’s future in 2012 in the form of land or land value for conservation.

Twelve of this year’s honorees worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation this year to find the right options to permanently protect their land for conservation purposes. Together they donated nearly $1.7 million in land or land value for Iowa conservation.

"Gift to Iowa's Future Day is always a meaningful event for all of us," said INHF President Mark Ackelson. "Landowners around the state receive well-deserved recognition for their generous gifts to conservation that will provide beautiful, natural spaces for future generations. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is honored to have worked with these dedicated individuals, families and organizations."

Projects with INHF         

Ann Hutchinson and James Spring - Clinton County
Bruce and Kathy Mountain - Des Moines County
Cal and Frankie Parrott - Pottawattamie County
David and Diane Brotherson - Story County
Dean and Diane Barclay, Allan Maurer, Eric and Terri Barclay and Thomas and Sheryl Cray - Howard County
Ingrid Neste, Mary Neste, and Joseph and Michele Stefanick - Winneshiek County
Jerome and Virginia Slattery - Buchanan County
Dawn Knudsen - Dahm and John Dahm - Monona County
Hertz Family - Story County
Mike and Pat Brandrup - Hamilton County
Soenksen Estate - Crawford County
Union Pacific Railroad - Polk County  

About Gift to Iowa's Future Day

In 2008, the Iowa legislature designated the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa’s Future Recognition Day to celebrate and honor individuals, corporations and organizations that permanently protect land for parks, trails, natural areas, fish and wildlife habitat, and other benefits.

This event is hosted by the State of Iowa, with assistance from INHF, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other conservation partners.

For more information about landowners’ conservation options, visit the landowners section of our website.

Primary contacts:

Laura Johnson or Hannah Inman, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, (515) 288-1846
Stacey Sipe-Smith, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, (515) 281-7012