Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Knudsen-Dahm Gift

Posted on April 3, 2013 in Blog


Dawn Knudsen-Dahm and John Dahm donated two conservation easements to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to permanently protect 352 acres in the Loess Hills of Monona County. The easement protects natural land adjacent to one-half-mile of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway within the Little Sioux South Special Landscape Area. Very high quality remnant Loess Hills prairie is mingled here with restorable prairie, oak savanna, bur oak woodlands, pond and pasture. The Dahms plan to re-establish local eco-type native prairie on retired croplands. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation will hold, monitor and enforce the conservation easement in perpetuity, while the land remains privately owned. The easement protects a portion of the Knudsen Century Farm where Dawn’s parents lived.

Gift to Iowa's Future

In 2008, Iowa legislators designated the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa’s Future Day to celebrate and honor individuals, corporations and organizations that have helped permanently protect land for parks, trails, natural areas, fish and wildlife habitats in Iowa.

A number of this year’s honorees worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to help them find the right options to protect their land for conservation purposes.