Blog For Tag "land stewardship"

  • How One Person's Passion Can Inspire Others to Advocacy and Action

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, July 1, 2022 IEC Communications Coordinator Megan McDowell shares her thoughts after attending the Living Lands & Waters Barge Party in the Quad Cities. LL&W celebrated 25 years of cleaning up the water and land. It was a time to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and passion for a mission that has expanded from the shores of Iowa to waterways around the globe.

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  • Tiny Trees Make a Big Difference

    posted by Guest Blogger on Friday, October 29, 2021 City Forester for the City of Des Moines, Shane McQuillan, shares his excitement for the tiny tree program and seeing non-profits work together to build the urban canopy in Des Moines.

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  • A Century Farm Looking to the Future

    posted by Megan McDowell on Friday, June 4, 2021 IEC staff visited the Tesdell Century Farm in May to see about clean energy and land stewardship projects in action.

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  • Greening Your Lawn with Good Neighbor Iowa

    posted by Guest Blogger on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 In this guest post from our friends at Good Neighbor Iowa, they discuss the wonderful things spring in Iowa brings: flowers, outdoor activities, and bees and butterflies. However, spring brings something else as well - the pursuit for the perfect, well-manicured lawn. Learn alternative ways to manage your favorite green space this year.

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  • The Land Where CAFOs Reign Supreme

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 23, 2020 The Iowa DNR recently approved the nutrient management plan for a 2,700 cattle feedlot in NE Iowa. As neighbors and Iowans consider the impacts of this operation on fragile karst topography, IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt addresses questions, concerns, and suggestions for the future.

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  • Pandemic Highlights the Perennial Importance of Parks

    posted on Friday, July 31, 2020 Both the DNR and Polk County Conservation Board have reported a tremendous increase in park attendance, including increased beach and water recreation use since COVID-19 hit Iowa. However, before you throw on your swimsuit and goggles, know the risks of swimming prior to hitting the beach.

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  • Party Crashers: Invasive Species and Iowa Waters

    posted by Ingrid Gronstal on Friday, July 24, 2020 Invasive species are not only harmful to Iowa's water and environment by upsetting the natural balance of an ecosystem, they are costly to remove. Iowa water recreation is being impacted, as is our infrastructure.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life - IEC Style

    posted by Jennifer Terry on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 A friend asked the other day “Have you ever thought about what it would happen if IEC went away? What wouldn't be protected if there were no IEC?” On Giving Tuesday Now, Executive Director Jennifer Terry reflects on this idea.

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  • Watershed Success: A Look at Dry Run Creek

    posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 As the watershed coordinator for Dry Run Creek in Black Hawk County, the Natural Resource Conservation Service's motto of “helping people, help the land” comes to mind just about every day. There are wonderful folks all over our state, and especially here in the Dry Run Creek watershed, who want to see their land preserved and communities improved for generations to come.

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  • Cover Crops: The Answer to Our Water (and Farming) Woes

    posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 A recent analysis by the Iowa Environmental Council showed that implementation rates of voluntary conservation practices set forth in the 2013 Nutrient Reduction Strategy are slowing. Under current time modeling, the IEC analysis shows it would take hundreds of years or more before we achieve the necessary goals. It is time for all farmland owners to do more and do it quickly.

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