Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Keller Gift
Marilynn Keller donated a 130-acre conservation easement in the blufflands of Clayton County to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The property includes 90 acres of high-quality woodland and ¼ mile of Buck Creek, a state-designated trout stream. It is bordered to the north by Buck Creek Park, which is managed by the Clayton County Conservation Board. The woodland, with its large hard maples and walnuts, Canada yew and Balsam Fir, provides ideal habitat for turkey, deer and numerous bird species. The easement will prohibit further development on the property and support the water quality, native plant communities and scenic beauty of 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.