– More than 2,800 acres of Iowa land with an estimated value of morethan $6 million was permanently protected through many donations for conservation. The donors associated with the 20 donations of land or land value will be recognized during ceremony at the State Capitol.
Arthur and Mae Tolle, of Webster City, donated a 4.4-acre permanent conservation easement to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources along the Boone River, in northwest Hamilton County.
Terry and Kimberly Olson, of Webster City, donated a 1.4-acre permanent conservation easement to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources along the Boone River, in northwest Hamilton County.
The easements will allow the DNR to design, construct and maintain bank stabilization features on one of Iowa's most scenic rivers designated as part of the state's Protected Water Areas.
The ceremony is scheduled on March 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Legislative Dining Room 15, at the State Capitol, in Des Moines. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to attend.
Landowners who are in attendance will be honored individually for their donation.
The Gift to Iowa’s Future recognition celebrates and honors individuals and corporations who have donated land or a conservation easement to benefit Iowa’s parks, trails, fish and wildlife habitat, natural areas, open spaces and public recreation areas for other public uses and benefits.