Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Perkins Gift
The Perkins (middle) pictured here with Chuck Gipp of the Iowa DNR (far left) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Carroll Perkins and Karen Voge-Perkins donated 30 acres of remnant prairie in Greene County to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Perkins Prairie Preserve was designated as a State Preserve in 2009. The site was once a grazed pasture. In the 1980s, the Perkins removed cattle from the land, and over the last three decades Carroll has been tending and healing the native prairie and savanna ecosystem. INHF will be his eyes to the future. The donated prairie is across the road from Seven Hills Park, an 80-acre wooded area owned by Greene County.
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.