Iowa conservation groups partner on nature area project

Two Iowa conservation groups are working together to turn a 506-acre site into a natural area that will be transferred to the state to manage and allow for public use.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and The Nature Conservancy in Iowa purchased the Green Hill Ranch just south of Council Bluffs in 2017.

The groups have raised about two-thirds of the $3 million needed to fund the project through grant funding and private donations.

Ownership and management of the site will be transferred to the state Department of Natural Resources once fundraising is complete.

Joe McGovern is president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. He says the area will serve as a haven for birdwatchers, hunters and hikers.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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