Southern Wildlands

Help protect more than 2,600 acres of wildlife habitat and public recreation possibilities in, Clarke, Madison and Warren counties.

The Southern Wildlands offer water quality improvements and a diversity of habitats including wetlands, riverbanks, tallgrass hilltops and native forests. Working closely with the Iowa DNR, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's shared vision for these wild lands is a step closer to becoming reality. Once funded, the Southern Wildlands will provide more than 2,600 acres of quality wildlife habitat and an escape from the city. Help open the Southern Wildlands to the public and preserve wildlife habitat. 

Southern Wiidlands
Area map of southern wildlands

Future WMA on North River: The 374-acre future wildlife management area (WMA) extends along the North River, a tributary of Lake Red Rock. River protection provides water quality benefits in an area historically prone to dramatic floods as well as terrestrial habitat for wildlife to breed and forage.

Heritage Hills: An expansive property consisting of remnant prairie, oak savanna and woodland located less than one mile from the Clanton Creek Natural Resource Area in Madison County. With more than 1,000 acres, Heritage Hills provides a home to a diverse range of species, including many species of greatest conservation need.

Heritage Hills Addition 1: Also a haven for wildlife, Heritage Hills Addition 1 provides breath-taking views of the South Skunk River valley from tallgrass prairie hilltops. Like Heritage Hills and the nearby Clanton Creek Recreation Area, the 498-acre Heritage Hills Addition 1 creates a largely unbroken tract of protected land best suited for wildlife that require contiguous landscapes.

Heritage Hills Addition 2: Two miles of Squaw Creek meander through Heritage Hills Addition 2. With over 700 acres of habitat, Addition 2 provides a quality sanctuary for a variety of wildlife and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

Together, the Southern Wildlands provide secluded, expansive and wild areas for people and wildlife alike. 

Management and Restoration:

Once funding is complete, the properties will be owned and managed by the Iowa DNR and open to the public. INHF and the Iowa DNR are working to improve water quality along the North River, Squaw Creek and the southern branch of Clanton Creek through river protection. Permanent native vegetation plantings will benefit aquatic habitat by reducing sedimentation while also providing terrestrial wildlife habitat. The Southern Wildlands are home to many rare and endangered species, including Eastern Meadowlarks, Red-Shouldered Hawks and other species of greatest conservation need.