It takes a lot of talented people to make the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation so effective.
INHF receives key operational and project support from our 7,000 members. Our membership retention rate is unusually high--which says good things about both the organization and the great people who support it. If you're not already a member, we'd love to have you join us. We're confident you'll enjoy the member benefits as well as the good feeling of knowing that you're protecting Iowa's special places "for those who follow."
INHF's board of directors includes about 30 community, business and conservation leaders from around the state. These committed individuals attend our board meetings, approve or disapprove major projects and offer their unique talents as needed.
We also rely on our advisors--another group of about 30 community, business and conservation leaders from around the state--who share what they know about local conservation opportunities and concerns with staff as well as lend their expertise to INHF projects and programs.
INHF staff includes professionals trained in landscape architecture, wildlife biology, law, communications and more. The staff page includes a photograph of each of our current staff along with his or her name, title and contact information.
Each year, INHF hires about a dozen college interns to help with tasks including management of natural lands, land use planning, communications, graphic design, research, grant proposal writing and more. Through their work with us, they make significant contributions to their resumes, to INHF's success and to Iowa's natural resources.
INHF's mission statement claims we "build partnerships." In fact, it's hard to think of a single INHF project that doesn't include at least one, and often multiple, partners. INHF partners include private landowners, private conservation organizations, public conservation agencies, public and private funders and many more. You can learn more about some of these partners on our links page or by reading of their contributions towards specific projects.