Fill in the gap at Kuehn Conservation Area in Dallas County with a 50 acre prairie.
Protect a key 50-acre inholding at the entrance of the 600+ acre Kuehn Conservation Area in Dallas County. Balance the established woodland with a converted open grassland, increasing species diversity and further protecting the water quality of the Middle Raccoon River.
Permanently protecting this addition adds a key in-holding to the entrance of Kuehn Conservation Area (KCA) and ensures its natural beauty is unspoiled by development pressure. KCA is 600+ acres of mostly woodland along the Middle Raccoon River with excellent established nature trails. It serves as the environmental education hub for Dallas County Conservation, who will take ownership of the addition once the acquisition funds are raised.
Management and restoration
Reseeding the land to native prairie will greatly increase the open habitat of Kuehn Conservation Area and create ideal space for grassland-loving birds and wildlife. The transition from cropland to prairie benefits the water quality of the Raccoon River, the water source for Des Moines Water Works and the Des Moines Metropolitan Area.