Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2014: McQuillen Gift
Matt and Beth McQuillen of Anamosa donated a 95-acre conservation easement in Jones County to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The purpose of the conservation easement is to protect wildlife habitat, open space and the woodland while also limiting agricultural activities and helping to enhance the quality of the Maquoketa River, currently listed on Iowa’s Impaired Waters list.
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.