Iris at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, Buchanan County

Jessica Rilling

Blog For Tag "stewardship"

  • Many Hands for the Land

    JAN. 10, 2018

    2017 was an incredible year filled with beautiful places, awesome experiences and amazing people. Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis reflects on some of her favorite moments from 2017 and what's ahead in the New Year.

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  • How to start a backyard prairie

    MAR. 28, 2016

    So, you want to start a backyard prairie? We can help. This guide will walk you through the basic steps of preparing, planting, and maintaining your own mini prairie or prairie garden. Benefits From a visual standpoint, native grasses and forbs can be beautiful additions to any landscape–think prairie roses, pale purple coneflowers or butterfly milkweed. Prairie plants also create vital habitat for native birds, butterflies, insects and other species. Take the Monarch butterfly

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  • Gifts from new INHF donors matched by Principal Financial Group Foundation

    JAN. 13, 2016

    Volunteers from Principal Financial Group volunteer at Lone Tree Point on Clear Lake, an INHF project. Thank you to The Principal Financial Group Foundation, which has just renewed its support for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Their $25,000 unrestricted grant serves as a challenge grant for new members. Every time a new member donates to INHF, their gift is matched by The Principal Financial Group Foundation. This isn't the first time Principal has supported INHF. In fact, they've

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  • Help wildlife this tax season with the Chickadee Check-off

    DEC. 10, 2015

    This holiday season, it's time to give back — to chickadees and other non-game wildlife! On this year's state income tax forms, you can help non-game diversity programs by checking off your support and contributing a donation. In the past, the money raised through the Chickadee Check-off has sponsored the restoration of the river otter, peregrine falcon and the trumpeter swan. But those are only a few of the many success stories. The Iowa DNR lists the types of projects that the Chickadee Ch

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  • How to make a healthy prairie

    DEC. 3, 2015

    One of our main goals at INHF is to preserve, protect and restore Iowa's prairies. In addition to creating beautiful landscapes, a thriving prairie ecosystem can prevent soil erosion, provide crucial habitat for wildlife and insects and promote water quality. We've put together a hypothetical recipe for a healthy Iowan prairie. Our mix contains a balanced combination of grasses, sedges and forbs. Each ingredient was hand-selected for a central Iowa ecosystem, and the ideal ratio of grasses to

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