Kiwanis Learn about Preserving Iowa’s Natural Resource

At the regular Kiwanis Club of Grinnell meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation provided an update on the preservation projects of 2013. Anita O’Gara, vice-president of development and communications, shared the mission of the organization, which is to protect and restore Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife. She explained that encompasses a large scope in addition to restoring habitat and clean water. It also includes creating places to play, public lands, and improving quality of life to pass to the next generation. Currently the non-profit has more than 7,000 members.

From its inception to 2012, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation was involved in 72 projects in 40 counties and more than 7,000 acres. O’Gara proceeded to profile four family examples of where the foundation in 2013 was able to help Iowans preserve the land for future generations and creating public land spaces.

In the question and answer session, O’Gara explained how a group of Poweshiek County residents have worked together to preserve natural habitat in the county.

Other Kiwanis business discussed at the meeting included the final preparations for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and the upcoming nut sale.

The Kiwanis of Grinnell meet each Tuesday at noon, at the Grinnell Golf and Country Club. Community members interested in attending a weekly meeting are welcome. Call Kiwanis President Dick Gustafson at 236-5603.

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