Katy Heggen

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  • A Wild Idea

    Half an hour east of Des Moines, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge offers a look into Iowa's prairie past - and here, present - complete with roaming bison and elk, native wildflowers, grasses and sedges. But it hasn't always been this way.

  • Bridge Along the Ridge

    Offering opportunities for hunting, hiking and wildlife observation, Oak Ridge Conservation Area is a natural gem on the western side of the state. Now, thanks to a recent series of additions, the 2,401-acre natural area is one step closer to becoming a contiguous complex.

  • Homeward Bound

    Three Iowans who left the state early in their conservation career reflect on their decision to return to their roots.

  • Seasons of Change

    As the one year anniversary of the derecho approaches, the efforts of one small community in restoring Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, a place that invites people to explore the intersection of ecology, spirituality and holistic health, is a beacon of hope.

  • A More Scenic Route

    Iowa is home to over a dozen national and state scenic byways. The I-35 corridor isn't one of them. However, there are bits of beauty to be found along this well-traveled route, including a stretch between Ames and Story City that has been stewarded by the same couple for nearly 50 years. Thanks to a series of game-changing decisions, this stretch of I-35 is on its way to becoming more scenic.

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