INHF's role in trails
|INHF has helped create more than half of Iowa's rail trails.
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has been a leader in Iowa trails since 1980. In 2010 alone, we assisted partners on 24 Iowa trails — some in the early planning stages, some in process and some now complete. (See partial list below)
Unlike surrounding states, Iowa's multi-county trails are managed by local rather than statewide agencies. These local groups often rely on INHF for technical expertise and statewide perspective. Our first trail projects (the Heritage Trail and Cedar Valley Nature Trail) began 30 years ago. Since then, INHF has helped partners create nearly 600 of Iowa's 1,000 miles of rail-trails.
INHF's role on a given trail can range from minor (providing technical advice) to extensive (acquiring the trail corridor, marketing and promotion, education, and/or fundraising). We're also a partner in statewide trail planning and a lead promoter of Iowa trails, whether through our popular Iowa by Trail website or current efforts to position Iowa as "the world capital of trails."
Selected list of current/recent INHF trails projects
New and existing trails
Acquiring corridor, helping partners fund & establish trail
Helping partners fund or establish trail
Regional and national trails through Iowa