Iowa Governor Terry Branstad last Monday,April 1 recognized over 20 landowners, families and organizations for their gifts of conservation land, land value, conservation easements in 2012 DURING THE "Gift to Iowa's Future Day" ceremony. These gifts totaling more than $5 million, protected 3,500 acres in 21 counties. Mike and Pat Brandrup of Webster City were among those honored. They helped protect 110 acres along the Boone River near Webster City with a bargain sale donation to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The land has an excellent example of mixed natural habitats along the ecologically significant Boone River. Oak/hickory woodland, oak savanna, hardwood bottom timber, restored prairie pothole, oxbow wetlands, and upland prairie plantings all co-exist on the 110 acres. The river frontage is natural and well established with bottomland timber that adds to the experience of paddlers, anglers and wildlife observers on the Boone River. The site will eventually be transferred in ownership and managed by the Hamilton County Conservation Department. In 2008, the Iowa Legislature designated the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa's Future Recognition Day to celebrate and honor individuals, corporations and organizations that permanently protect land for parks, trails, natural areas, fish and wildlife habitat and other benefits. Over 60 percent of this year's honorees worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to tailor their donations. I.N.H.F. is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to protect and restore Iowa's land water and wildlife.
The picture shows from left to right, Governor Terry Branstad, Mike and Pat Brandrup, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa D.N.R. Director Chuck Gipp.