Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie Celebration

By Kerri on September 10, 2015 in Blog

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You’re invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie in Buchanan County! This newly-protected 33-acre prairie has never been plowed and is home to over 90 native species. Through Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and its partners, the prairie is now a public space used for recreation and education about Iowa’s natural landscapes.

The grand opening dedication of the Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie will feature a tour of the land and the opportunity to learn about some of the plants and animals that make this place their home. Come and learn about this special project, now a resource for public recreation and education, and meet the key individuals that made this project possible.

History of the property
INHF purchased the property in 2013 and with the help of Buchanan County Conservation Board, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Pheasants Forever and former owners Jerry & Virginia Slattery, were able to transfer the prairie to Buchanan County Conservation management. In 2014, the project received a REAP grant to make the transfer final.

Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie partners began restoration management on the prairie remnant in 2013. INHF land stewardship staff, including land interns, have worked to remove undesirable species and conduct prescribed fires, so that this rare native plant community can make progress toward greater health and diversity. Local volunteers, including the Pheasants Forever chapter, have pledged their time and effort in helping restore the prairie as well.

Event details
When: Thursday September 24, 5 p.m.

Where: Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie

North of Winthrop on 180th St., 1.5 miles east of W45

Questions? Contact Buchanan County Conservation at 319-636-2617

We hope to see you there!