Protecting and restoring 
Iowa's  land, water and wildlife.

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After a decade, new trail
inks two communities
The trail between Jewell and Ellsworth has been a long time in the making. Now, the trail is connecting the two cities, providing recreational and economic opportunities for both communities.

upcoming events
March 9
March 22-23
Honey Creek Resort State Park
March 28-29
State Capitol Building, Polk Co.
March 29
Polk Co.
March 29
Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund Lobby Day
State Capitol Building, Polk Co.
April 11

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INHF is a member-supported organization.  All new memberships ($25/year) will be matched by the Principal Financial Group Foundation. Become a member today:
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INHF is helping to improve trout habitat and expand the use of trout streams in northeast Iowa by acquiring two Winneshiek County properties.
A broad coalition in Iowa that includes INHF is working to bring Monarch populations back to the state, and they've released a statewide strategy to support butterfly species.
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This spring, get outdoors with the INHF volunteer program! Work days planned throughout the state offer a great opportunity to be out in nature and help do meaningful restoration work.

Living Lands Fellowship
Jon and Kathy Steege wanted to lend a hand to young Iowans trying to break into conservation careers.

For years, Jon worked alongside young summer employees at Fayette County Conservation. "They have a hard time finding work in conservation," Jon said. "Lots of it is seasonal. I saw that if someone could hire them just for a few months as they get out of college, while they look for work, it might help keep some outstanding young people on the conservation job path. Give them some valuable experience and add to their resumes, and you give them a better chance at a conservation career.
When Jon and Kathy Steege shared the idea with INHF President Joe McGovern, they learned INHF had a similar dream. The idea came to life as the new Living Lands Fellowship.

The first gift to the fellowship fund comes from the land. Jon explained, "We recently enrolled land in the Conservation Reserve Program. Having that 10-year contract for guaranteed income also guaranteed that we could make a ten-year commitment to the fellowship. I like that the CRP funds are going thru us and the Foundation, then right back into improving Iowa land."

Jon added, "I'm not able to do things on the land that I used to do - things like planting trees, burning native grasses, seeding prairie. This is one way that I can help someone else do those things that will make a difference on the land. We're feeling good about it! We put a lot of thought into it, and it's what we wanted to do."

Contributions to the Living Lands Fellowship are welcome! Or if you have an idea you'd like to explore, contact us: 515-288-1846 or cgrauer@inhf.org.

INHF summer internship openings
Want to put your writing skills to use to raise money for Iowa's land, water and wildlife? Each summer, INHF grant writing interns help secure hundreds of thousands of dollars to help protect Iowa's wild places. Sound like something you're interested in? Apply today!

Application deadline: March 20, 2017

INHF design interns are a vital part of INHF's outreach strategy. Interns work with every department to create display and handout materials, and complete special projects. Design interns gain experience working within an established brand and representing that brand to in-person and digital audiences. 

Application deadline: April 7, 2017.
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About INHF
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa's land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 150,000 acres of Iowa's natural resources.