EAB Update: Beneficial Insects Being Released in JeffCO

Beneficial insects that will help battle the emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive pest of ash trees, will be released in Jefferson County. Over the next few weeks several thousand stingless, parasitic wasps will be released at Whitham Woods near Fairfield, Iowa. This is the first release of the natural enemies of EAB in Iowa. When EAB was accidentally …

Bike the Byway, June 25th

Register now for the third annual Bike the Byway ride along Historic Hills Scenic Byway and the surrounding countryside. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016. This year’s 53-mile route begins on the square in Bloomfield, follows J40 to Lacey Keosauqua State Park and then makes a stop in Keosauqua before heading back to Bloomfield via J40. …

Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl, June 11th

Historic Hills Scenic Byway Museum Crawl is coming up on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Take a look at the Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl website to see a list of participating museums!

Participate in Project Aware’s River Clean Up

The 14th Annual Project Aware will be held July 11 – 15 on the Lower Des Moines River, between Eldon (Wapello Co.) and the Turkey Run Access (Lee Co.). Register by June 17th to get great meals and avoid a registration late fee. Each year hundreds of volunteers take time to clean-up a stretch of an Iowa River. The event is a 5-day, 4 …

New Partnership with U of I

Iowa’s 9 regional RC&D councils have embarked on a new initiative to connect University of Iowa resources with the RC&D’s to assist rural Iowa communities with community development efforts. RC&Ds are regional non-profit organizations that represent multiple-county regions across the state of Iowa, and work to help rural Iowa communities care for and protect their natural resources, develop their local economies, …

Grant Received to Establish Monarch Habitat

Pathfinders RC&D was awarded a $227,400 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project is titled “Collaborating Within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to Establish Monarch Habitat on Marginal, Private Lands.” The goal of the project is to establish establish monarch habitat on 3,311 acres of privately owned land in Iowa by enhancing existing programs within the Iowa …

SIDCA FY15 Annual Report

This report is now available. I would add a link as a button below but I am too lazy to download the file.

Pathfinders 2015 Overview

An overview of Pathfinders RC&D activities for 2015 is now available. Some of the highlights include: this that the other thing