Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Wanamaker Gift
John Wanamaker (middle right) and his son Kent (middle left) pictured here with Chuck Gipp of the Iowa DNR (far left) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
John and Karen Wanamaker helped preserve an invaluable piece of the Loess Hills through a bargain sale of 411 acres in Fremont County to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The site will eventually transfer to the Iowa DNR and become a Wildlife Management Area. The Wanamaker tract is located within the Waubonsie Special Landscape Area, one of 12 priority areas identified by the 2002 National Park Service Special Resources Study as important for conserving the unique characteristics of the hills. The property is a mixture of high quality remnant prairie, scenic vistas, oak woodlands and grassland.
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.