Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2014: Schlunz Gift
With the help of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Leo Schlunz of Chariton donated his 95-acre conservation easement in Lucas County to protect the wildlife habitat and open space on the property. The property consists of an oak, hickory, and walnut woodland along with a 12-acre constructed wetland and a 2-acre reestablished native prairie. The property is located two miles from Stephen’s State Forest Bird Conservation Area. An unnamed branch of Little White Breast Creek flows through the property, and the protection of this land will serve as a permanent perennial buffer to the creek.
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.