Support Current Projects

These current projects need financial support now. Each of them will become public lands with wildlife benefits.

  • Green Hill Ranch

    Spanning nearly two miles of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, Green Hill Ranch is a classic example of Loess Hills topography—rolling hills of oak savanna, remnant prairie and grassland.  Once fundraising is complete, this 506-acre property will become public natural land—an escape from the city and a haven for birdwatchers, hunters and hikers.

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  • Heritage Hills

    Provide uninterrupted wildlife habitat and public recreation space in Madison and Clarke Counties. Heritage Hills is an expansive property of remnant prairie, oak savanna and woodland that, once funded, will provide over 2,000 acres of land for public recreation and hunting within 45 minutes of the Des Moines Metro.

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  • Gray Ghost Prairie

    Little Sioux Complex

    INHF and Dickinson County Conservation Board have been working together for several years to create a protected land complex along the Little Sioux River. With the acquisition of 3 properties near the river in Dickinson County, their shared vision is a step closer to becoming a reality.

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  • North Bear Creek Trout Stream

    Until recently, two of the state’s highest quality trout streams were conditionally open to the public based on agreements between two property owners and the Iowa DNR. Now, INHF has purchased both properties with plans to transfer them to the Iowa DNR to be used as public recreation area.

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  • Wallace & Bowers Nature Area

    Water that flows into Big Spirit Lake is just beginning a long journey through the Iowa Great Lakes system. What happens here affects many waters that Iowans love. This project will improve water quality in the region, increase wildlife habitat and has the potential to expand recreation opportunities in the area.

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  • Current Trail Projects
    • Laurens Trail Connection

      Laurens Trail Connection

      This 2.2-mile former railroad corridor will extend the existing 1.9-mile Laurens Trail southeast of the City of Laurens. Both the planned and existing trail are part of the Pocahontas County Trails Plan, which seeks to connect the existing 40-mile Three Rivers Trail in Pocahontas, Humboldt and Wright counties. Once completed, the planned corridors will nearly double the trail’s length. 

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      Dry Run Trail 

      A mile of former rail corridor runs through 170 acres of woodlands and open space on Dry Run Creek. Besides being an attractive county park, Neste Valley will be a trailhead and a very scenic midway stretch for the envisioned 8-mile connection of Trout Run Trail in Decorah to the Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail (Calmar to Cresco). This would connect a 43-mile trail system in Northeast Iowa. 

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    • Connector to link High Trestle Trail with Raccoon River Valley Trail

      This 9-mile future trail between Perry and Woodward will connect two of Iowa's biggest and best trail systems! This is the connection that everyone is waiting for. While this project is in its early stages, contributions now will help Dallas County Conservation match and secure public grants to kick off the trail.

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    • Iowa River Trail

      This 34-mile former rail corridor between Marshalltown and Steamboat Rock follows the beautiful Iowa River Greenbelt and connects with Pine Lake State Park. Through Marshalltown, this new trail will connect with the Highway 330 Trail and Heart of Iowa Trail. (Central Iowa through Hardin and Marshall counties.)

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    • Coon Rapids to Herndon Trail

      This 17-mile connection is the last link to connect the Raccoon River Trail to Whiterock Conservancy, a 5,500-acre outdoor recreation area! The Raccoon River trail is part of the Central Iowa Trail System, a 700 mile network of continuous trail in and around Des Moines that includes the High Trestle Trail.

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    • Farragut connection to Wabash Trace Nature Trail

      Farragut connection to Wabash Trace Nature Trail

      This 4-mile trail will give you another way to enjoy the Wabash Trace. The go-getter people of Farragut (pop. 485) are working hard to connect trail users with their community, and the Admiral Inn Café is eager to host events for trail enthusiasts. (Southwest Iowa in Fremont and Page counties.)

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    • Prairie City Trail

      Prairie City Trail

      The development of this trail extension, connecting Monroe, Prairie City and Mitchellville, is part of the long range goal of linking the Des Moines metro with Lake Red Rock and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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