Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2014: West Gift
Norman and Susan West of Fairbank donated a 145-acre conservation easement in Buchanan County to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The property consists of mature upland and lowland woodlands while the old crop fields have been planted to trees. The property has remnant oxbow wetlands that line the river bottom of the Little Wapsipinicon River, which is perfect habitat for many amphibians and reptiles. Twelve Species of Greatest Conservation Need have been documented on the property.
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.