ALL RIGHTS. Nature shots from Berry Woods in Iowa. Berry Woods was the first preserve owned by the Conservancy in Iowa. Berry Woods is a high-quality mature white oak, red oak, basswood and shagbark hickory woodland that is home to many wildflowers and fungi. Berry Woods is the Iowa Chapter’s first preserve. Don L. Berry, the late newspaper publisher and conservationist, deeded this woodland to the Conservancy in 1961 as a memorial to his grandfather and father who had owned and protected the woods for nearly a century. The preserve was dedicated as a biological State Preserve in 1980.
ALL RIGHTS. Nature shots from Berry Woods in Iowa. Berry Woods was the first preserve owned by the Conservancy in Iowa. Berry Woods is a high-quality mature white oak, red oak, basswood and shagbark hickory woodland that is home to many wildflowers and fungi. Berry Woods is the Iowa Chapter’s first preserve. Don L. Berry, the late newspaper publisher and conservationist, deeded this woodland to the Conservancy in 1961 as a memorial to his grandfather and father who had owned and protected the woods for nearly a century. The preserve was dedicated as a biological State Preserve in 1980. ©: © Lauren Nickell

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Take Action for Nature in Iowa

Two bills were introduced in Iowa legislature last week that could threaten conservation.

UPDATE:

The House subcommittee did not move on House File 542 this morning. It is more important than ever for you to contact your legislators and the subcommittee and ask that they oppose the bill.

Senate Study Bill 1221 has advanced to the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. We ask that you continue to contact your representatives as well as members of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committe and ask that they oppose this bill. We have included a list of all committee members below.

The future of conservation in Iowa is under threat. Two bills were introduced in Iowa legislature late last week that could prohibit expanding parks, wildlife habitat areas and trails by any amount and eliminate the Charitable Contribution for Conservation Tax Credit that helps private landowners protect their land or donate it for public use. 

Join us in our effort to tell legislators that Iowans care about public land!

House File 542

Subcommittee members: Rep. Robert Bacon (R-Story County), Rep. Tom Jeneary (R-Plymouth County), Rep. Scott Ourth (D-Warren County)

HF542 is an attack on public lands and conservation in Iowa and should be opposed in its entirety. In this bill, counties would be prohibited from expanding parks, wildlife habitat areas and trails by any amount. Funding the cities and counties have relied on would be restricted and could not be used for expansion of open spaces and new recreational amenities, including public museums. The state would not be able to purchase land for state parks, wildlife areas or strategic water quality projects. This bill would also strip private landowners of tax incentives for protecting their land by eliminating the Charitable Contribution for Conservation Tax Credit. 

Senate Study Bill 1221

Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee members: Chair Ken Rozenboom (R, District 40), Vice Chair Tom Shipley (R, District 11), Ranking Member Robert Hogg (D, District 33), Jerry Behn (R, District 24), Nate Boulton (D, District 16), Claire Celsi (D, District 21), Chris Cournoyer (R, District 49), Tim L. Kapucian (R, District 38), Jim Lykam (D, District 45), Mark Segebart (R, District 6), Jackie Smith (D, District 7), Annette Sweeney (R, District 25), Dan Zumbach (R, District 48)
SSB1221 would also have wide ranging impact on conservation. The bill eliminates the Charitable Contribution for Conservation Tax Credit that helps make it possible for many private landowners to protect their land or to donate it for public use. The bill also eliminates the use of State Revolving Fund for public land acquisition for water quality purposes.

Please take action for nature in Iowa. Contact your legislators, the House subcommittee members and Senate committee members to ask them to oppose the bills. 

Sample Email

Dear Senator/Representative _______________________;

I respectfully ask that you oppose (HF 542 or SSB 1221 depending on if you are sending to Senator or Representative) This bill will decrease the amount of future public land available for outdoor recreation and conservation.

As Iowa strives to attract and maintain people to live, work and raise families in our state, we need to provide quality of life features that they demand. At the top of list —along with good jobs — is a clean, healthy environment and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Rural communities rely on the jobs, consumer spending and public health benefits that outdoor recreation provides. Iowa is already 47th in the nation in the percentage of public land available to its residents. This bill puts us in a race for the bottom.

Instead of strangling our ability to grow healthy, happy communities, we should be embracing the opportunities the outdoors present. We should be investing more in conservation, not less.

Please oppose (HF 542 or SSB 1221).

Respectfully,

Take Action

Show legislators that Iowans care about public land. Tell your representatives to oppose House File 542 and Senate Study Bill 1221.