Pathfinders is working on a project called “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 monarch habitat on 3,311 acres of privately owned land in Iowa by enhancing existing programs within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. By working through existing programs, including the Buffer Initiative Program, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Abandoned Mine Land Program, and Urban Conservation Program, landowners can receive cost-share to establish monarch habitat on their property.
Pathfinders has been a proud partner of the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality for many years; and the project will also feature outreach events to inform and engage the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality agency staff and the general public.
The USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service is a major supporter of this program. The project is funded by a $227,400 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which was awarded to Pathfinders RCD.
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