Paint Creek Valley land protection project receives widespread support


Map image courtesy of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

“It’s a unique place and it’s right here in our backyard,” says Brian Fankhauser, Blufflands Program Manager of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation about the Paint Creek Valley project.
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is in the process of raising funds before the 368-acre parcel is sold to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hopefully later this year. The Iowa DNR Commissioners approved the future purchase of the land from the INHF at their September 11 meeting.
Fankhauser says because of the significant conservation values, INHF and other conservation organizations have been trying to protect Paint Creek Valley for nearly 10 years. The property, locally known as the Nelson property, is located between Yellow River State Forest and the City of Waterville.

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