Life in the Iowa River: Conversations about Wildlife, People, and the River that Connects Us
Iowa River Friends’ “Life in the Iowa River” conference will bring together people from the full length of the Iowa River Watershed. It will be held Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at the GrimesFarm and Conservation Center near Marshalltown (west side of Highland Acres Road and on the north side of 233rd Street). Environmentalists, farmers, paddlers, nature lovers, educators and anyone interested in learning about the Iowa River and getting involved with improving the quality of life in and around the river are invited.
The IRF Annual Meeting will feature speakers on wildlife, paddling, and opportunities to improve the Iowa River. Doors will open at 9:30 am for registration and coffee. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with a keynote address from Duane Ninneman, Executive Director of Minnesota-based CURE (Clean up the River Environment). Duane is a recognized rural environmental leader and will share his understanding of rural history, culture, and the environment. John Wenck, Iowa DNR Water Trails Coordinator, will then provide a historical perspective on the Iowa River and ways to enjoy paddling on the river. Vince Evelsizer, Iowa DNR furbearer biologist, will speak after lunch on predators of the Iowa River valley (wolves, bears, and mountain lions).
Iowa River Friends will present for discussion its first State of the Iowa River Report, which will provide a background on the conditions of the Iowa River watershed and possibilities for future improvement. A short business meeting to elect Iowa River Friends Board members and a discussion on “Next Steps for Watershed Connections” will take place over lunch.
The cost to attend the event is $10, and includes lunch and refreshments. Registrations are required for all attendees. To register for the event, visit http://goo.gl/forms/AdvERwHguw.
The Iowa River Friends is a grassroots organization devoted to protecting, improving and enjoying the Iowa River and its many creeks and streams. To learn more about us, visit https://iowariverfriends.org/.
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