Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Marlow Gift

Posted on March 25, 2015 in Blog


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Marlow (middle) pictured here with Chuck Gipp of the Iowa DNR (left) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

David Marlow donated a 60-acre conservation easement in Boone County to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in memory of his late wife, Anna Gardner. The property is adjacent to an 80-acre property donated in 2009 to INHF by Anna’s father, J.H. Gardner. The woodland on the Marlow property provides significant wildlife habitat along the scenic Des Moines River and is located along a major bird migration corridor. The easement adds to the protected land in the area, as the property is nearly adjacent to the Saylorville Wildlife Management 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.