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Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County

Daniel Ruf

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Turin Prairie, Monona County

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Nathan Houck

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Recent Stories

  • INHF's Next Living Lands Fellow

    AUG. 26, 2021

    This September, INHF is pleased to welcome 2021 Living Lands Fellow Devin Stortz. Growing up on his family's farm just north of Decorah, IA, Stortz spent sunrise to sunset hiking, hunting and fishing on the property. As he changed and developed through his teenage years, so did the land around him.

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  • Forever Young

    AUG. 25, 2021

    When David and Terrie Hoefer worked at the central Iowa 4-H camp in the 1980s and ‘90s, they formed a deep connection to this place along the Des Moines River in Boone County. That is why the Hoefers and many other alumni were happy when Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) purchased the camp to protect and keep whole this natural wonder.

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  • A Place for People

    AUG. 25, 2021

    In 2017, the people of Cherokee came together to develop Magnetic Park, a 55-acre linear park and trail corridor connecting citizens and visitors to natural, cultural and historical resources in the area. With Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's (INHF's) help, they're well on their way to bringing that magic to their own backyards.

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  • INHF's Melanie Schmidt returns from wildfire duty

    AUG. 18, 2021

    This past month, INHF's Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt was called out west for wildfire duty in northwest Montana. Schmidt shares her experience with us after returning to Iowa this week.

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