Iowa state Capitol building in Des Moines

Conservation Policy

Giving a voice to the voiceless.

By many measures, Iowa has the most working landscape in the nation. On this working landscape, the ripples from public policy changes can cause dramatic transformations across the state, creating or removing hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and natural resource protection.

Funding and incentives are critical to making real conservation impact across the state, from protecting our rivers and lakes to building important wildlife habitat and creating recreational opportunities for all Iowans. And yet, barely one percent of our entire state budget helps protect Iowa’s soil, water and other natural resources.

INHF works on a variety of conservation policies at the state and federal level. We provide leadership, educational support and communication platforms to advocate to policy makers the importance of protecting Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. We work to ensure that appropriations to our state agencies that protect natural resources have the necessary funding to carry out their missions. We also work on state and federal conservation funding initiatives, tax law/incentives and programs that provide quality of life benefits now and for future generations.

INHF’s land protection efforts have the advantage of permanence. In contrast, great programs and incentives like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) have huge impact on Iowa’s soil, water and wildlife — but there’s nothing permanent about them. It takes vigilance and a constant voice for these voiceless resources to keep good policies and funding in place.

Our policy priorities:

To learn more about INHF’s policy work and how you can get involved, contact INHF at