INHF Board Spotlight

Posted on September 25, 2023 in Blog

INHF Board Spotlight

This blog series highlights and acknowledges our dedicated board members. Lending their time and talents on a volunteer basis for the protection of Iowa’s land, water and wildlife, INHF’s 34-person board is an incredible show of dedication and expertise. INHF board members come from every region of the state, connecting our work with communities, landowners and organizations that help to make more conservation happen. See a full list of board members here and learn more about John Newman below!

John Newman

Head shot of John Newman, INHF board member

Originally from the salt springs of Saline, Michigan, John Newman now calls Iowa’s Loess Hills home and resides in Pottawattamie County’s Honey Creek. His role as Executive Director of Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska brings a valuable business skillset, and he joined INHF’s board in 2019.

An interest in skiing and hiking has fostered his passion for environmental issues. “I’m concerned about the decline in our natural habitats,” Newman said. “I enjoy being part of preserving our natural areas for future generations.”

Newman names protection of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch as the most meaningful INHF project he’s been a part of thus far. Located near his home in the heart of the Loess Hills in Monona County, the nearly 1,800-acre property, run as a scout camp for more than five decades, is now destined to become open for public use. Learn more about this protection story.