Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2014: Iowa River Railroad Gift
Iowa River Railroad furthered the proposed Iowa River Scenic Trail in Hardin and Marshall counties through the bargain sale of 34 miles of former rail corridor to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. This stretch of trail will be a great addition to the Iowa River Greenbelt and will create a loop trail between Steamboat Rock, Pine Lake State Park and Eldora, in addition to connections to Union, Liscomb, Albion and Marshalltown. It will also connect to the nearly 700-mile Central Iowa Trail System. INHF has transferred ownership to Hardin County and the City of Marshalltown.
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.