Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2013: Mountain Gift
Bruce and Kathy Mountain helped protect 416 acres of wetland habitat in Des Moines County with a bargain sale donation to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The site will transfer to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for management and public use. The property provides excellent nesting habitat for pheasants and waterfowl and will offer hunting and wildlife opportunities to the public. The land is adjacent Huron Island complex of the Mississippi River, making it even more important to waterfowl using the Mississippi River flyway.
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.