Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Iowa Wildlife Center Gift
Iowa Wildlife Center Executive Director Marlene Ehresman (middle right) and husband Bruce (middle left) pictured here with Chuck Gipp of the Iowa DNR (far left) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The Iowa Wildlife Center donated a 75-acre conservation easement along the Des Moines River corridor in Boone County to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The property includes mature oak-hickory woodland with diverse understory species, oak savanna, prairie remnant, grassland and wetlands. This property is within a mile of Ledges State Park, McCoy Wildlife Area and Saylorville Wildlife Management Area. The permanent protection of this land will provide a buffer to the public land and build a larger complex of protected land in the area.
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.