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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  • 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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  • Hagie Heritage Award presented in Decorah

    NOV. 19, 2015

    On Friday, Nov. 13, INHF presented the annual Lawrence & Eula Hagie Heritage Award to Mary Lewis and Beth Lynch at Phelps Park in Decorah, Iowa. The Hagie award recognizes Iowans who devote outstanding personal service to Iowa's natural heritage and who encourage others to do the same. This year's recipients showed a dedication to conservation with their efforts to remove invasive garlic mustard from Decorah-area parks. The ceremony began at 4 p.m. with over 60 people in attendance. A recept

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