FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Mary Runkel, mrunkel@inhf.org , 515-288-1846, ext. 17

Volunteer event to remove brush at Turin Prairie
Volunteers are all smiles after last year's GRASS event at Turin Prairie. 

The public is invited to join the Iowa DNR, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Nature Conservancy on Friday, June 3, for "GRASS: The Great Race Against Shrubs and Shade," a volunteer event at Turin Prairie in Monona County. Volunteer groups will remove brush and invasive species and be a part of one of the biggest combined volunteer restoration events in the state.

Turin Prairie is an extraordinary piece of land tucked into the heart of Loess Hills. The area boasts untouched prairie, oak savannas and native woodlands.

Volunteers will meet on the prairie. There is no exact address, so participants should head North from Turin on Oak Ave., then in two miles, look for signs and parked cars. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

No experience is necessary for brush removal. Work can be intense and the terrain can be steep, but volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace. Participants are asked to bring a re-fillable water bottle and work gloves.

The event coincides with the 40th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar and the Iowa DNR's dedication of the state's newest Bird Conservation Area. 

Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at mrunkel@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 17, with any questions.



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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 wild places.

For more information, visit www.inhf.org or call 515-288-1846.