INHF visits Gardner Property for monitoring, volunteering

By Kerri Sorrell on April 25, 2013 in Blog


INHF land stewardship staff Tylar Samuels, Erin Van Waus and Ryan Schmidt in front of a large Bur oak on the Gardner property in Boone County.

INHF land stewardship staff Tylar Samuels, Erin Van Waus and Ryan Schmidt in front of a large Bur oak on the Gardner property in Boone County.

INHF Land Stewardship staff members Ryan Schmidt, Erin Van Waus and Tylar Samuels spent last Monday hiking around INHF's 80-acre Gardner property in Boone County. Despite the chilly temperatures and even some snow, there were many signs and sounds of spring as we hiked through the woodlands, oak savannas and prairie remnants.

Staff visited the property as part of a monitoring visit and to also scout potential work areas for an INHF volunteer event that happened on Saturday. INHF partnered with the Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology Management Graduate Student Organization for a day to assist INHF with the continued stewardship and restoration of the land.

Eight Iowa State University graduate students (and one undergrad student) met INHF staff members near the property, hiked about a mile in, and worked hard to remove red cedar from a hillside remnant prairie. We're inspired and surprised by how much they accomplished in only 2.5 hours!

INHF staff and volunteers hiking the Gardner property.

INHF staff and volunteers hiking the Gardner property.

The Gardner Property was donated to INHF in 2009 by Dr. JH Gardner in memory of his daughter, Anna. Since the land was donated, staff, along with the help of the Conservation Corps Iowa, has worked to restore the high-quality prairie remnants and remove invasive species around the very large Bur oak tree, pictured above.