Hamilton builds new cabin

Hamilton County Conservation Board has been working hard this fall on the construction of a 26x36 cabin at Briggs Woods Park. This will be the sixth cabin built by the Hamilton County Conservation Board, three at Little Wall Lake and now the third at Briggs Woods Park. This new cabin is being built in partnership with a supporting grant from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and the ongoing support of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley. The new cabin will be larger than the Legacy or Lakeview cabins built previously and will have a more open layout on the first floor allowing more space for meetings, classes, large groups, as well as traditional use. “We think this will be a great fit for Hamilton County, the Legacy Learning Center, and the cabin users. Demographics are showing us that besides traditional vacation use, individuals are wanting to use the cabins for reunions, parties, and larger gatherings,” said Hamilton County Board Member and Legacy Learning...
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Technology, it’s ever changing

Technology is something that is ever changing but yet is something that in this day and age we need. Staying on the ball is something that we all struggle with and are trying to always find that magic eight ball to stay ahead of the curve. For us here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa we are trying to keep up and one way is we make a point to make an investment in out staff by sending them to development trainings. Today, April 9, 2015 I am currently at the Minnesota Nonprofit Council Technology Conference. So far this morning I have gotten to get a more in depth view in Google Analytics and talking to various vendors on different technology products. I hope today I will come away with many great ideas to make ideas on how to help the user experience be more pleasant when you interact with Prairie Rivers of Iowa. This conference started at 7:30 this morning and its...
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USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

Read the press release from the USDA about the greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops. "These new protections will help ensure that farm families growing crops for food, fiber or livestock consumption will be better able to withstand losses due to natural disasters," said Vilsack. "For years, commodity crop farmers have had the ability to purchase insurance to keep their crops protected, and it only makes sense that fruit and vegetable, and other specialty crop growers, should be able to purchase similar levels...
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Log Cabin Getaway – Family, Wallet, and Environmentally Friendly

Log Cabin Getaway – Family, Wallet, and Environmentally Friendly

Getting away is essential to all of our sanity's from time to time. When we do get away we want something that the whole family can enjoy, plenty of activities and so on. What if I told you this winter you can have all of that and get into the holiday mood as well! What is more fitting than staying in a Iowa grown, Iowan built White Oak log cabin for over 50% off! Hamilton County has some great cabins right off their lakes that they built using our Log Products Program. From this a total of 5 cabins have been built, 3 at Little Wall Lake near Jewell and 2 at Briggs Woods Park in Webster City. Staying at one of these cabins are truly a treat! Not only is the structure friendly for the environment as it is 100% decay resistant and does not need any chemicals but it is also friendly on the wallet this winter. January to...
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Giving Tuesday

There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving December 1st.  It is a day to bring together donors, volunteers and communities around a common cause that is near and dear to your heart. Every program area has expanded here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa, more people are engaged and participating, and our projects are receiving more attention than ever before. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of our financial partners, donors, and volunteers. There are several ways you can give back to Prairie Rivers of Iowa.  Two special ones are:  Prairie Rivers of Iowa has launched a new online store where you can buy products, memorabilia, or give a donation. Currently, we offer a selective collection of inventory including replica signs of the historic Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway and stunning pictures of dragonflies. What a wonderful way to purchase a gift for a loved one while giving back to Prairie...
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Working with Drake University

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is happy to have entered early this year into a partnership with Drake University’s Public Relations Research Methods (JMC 136) and Public Relations Campaign Strategies (JMC 146) classes this academic year. Prairie Rivers of Iowa is working with Drake students to assit us in creating a wide range of marketing, research, writing, and other activities. During this the students receive their own professional experience that will aid them as they prepare for the job market. Students have begun working on primary and secondary research. The students came in to our office on November 7th to interview staff and are in contact with our board members, donors, and volunteers by sending out surveys. These interviews will help the students gain more insight to our organization and the people  we support. If you receive an email survey, please be sure to take a few minutes to complete it. Jim Richardson, Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board President, says, “Prairie Rivers is extremely...
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CSP Contract Renewal Process Begins Next Month

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) will begin accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11, 2014.  This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2010. CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and to implement additional conservation activities on land in production.  Through CSP, participants take steps to improve soil, water, air, and habitat quality, and can also address water quantity and energy conservation issues. CSP contracts last for five years, at which time they are eligible for renewal.  There are approximately 20,000 farmers and ranchers with CSP contracts that will expire this year, totaling over 20 million acres that can be re-enrolled to preserve and expand upon critical environmental benefits. These 20,000 contracts eligible for renewal began under two different enrollment periods in 2010.  One group...
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IOWATER program is rolling out some big changes

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources IOWATER program is rolling out some big changes and want to keep the people informed. They are updating and creating some great resources to use if you are interested in Iowa waters. Check out all that is happening below and follow the links to learn more.   1. New Water Monitoring Atlas - The Iowa DNR has replaced the old Water Monitoring Atlas with a new version at: http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/watermonitoring/   2. IOWATER Workshops - They are now being scheduled. See the current schedule at www.iowadnr.gov/iowater and click on “Calendar of Events” for Introductory, Biological or Bacteria workshop in your area..   3. IOWATER Success Stories - Do you have a story of how IOWATER data are being used in your community (or school, or where ever), the DNR woule love to hear from you at www.iowadnr.gov/iowater   4. 69th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Meeting - This meeting will be held on July 27th – 30th,2014, Lombard, IL. For more information...
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WFAN’s Iowa Female Farmer Veteran Network project

June 17 & 18th is a networking event in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids for women military veterans looking to start a career in farming. These FREE events will begin at 6pm, featuring local food and drinks. To learn more about the Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Iowa Female Farmer Veteran Network Project here.   Pre-registration is required by Saturday June 14th at 5pm. You can register for the Cedar Rapids event online at this link, and for the Des Moines event at this link. You may also call WFAN at 515 460 2477 and leave your name. Please call the same number or email with any questions.   Tuesday, June 17 will be located at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave, Des Moines, IA, or Wednesday, June 18 will be located at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA.   Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all...
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See EOR’s Presentation on the Squaw Creek

Would you like to see the presentation and data that Emmons and Olivier Resources Inc. has presented to the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority?  Check out their Water Quality Summary and their Stream Assessment presentations to read about their findings thus far.   Water Quality Summary Stream Assessment   A quick summary of their Key findings of the water quality and stream assessment: ·        The hydrology of Squaw Creek has been significantly altered. Flashy: Peak flow rates in the stream can be as much as 100x the base flow. ·        Monitoring data indicates that there are very high levels of nutrients (P and N) and bacteria. Boom/Bust dissolved oxygen cycles. ·        The manner in which past monitoring has been done makes it difficult to detect any trends. Recommendation is to focus effort at one or two sites along the creek and take more frequent baseflow and storm event samples. ·        Stream is NOT healthy: unstable, degraded habitat, carries large sediment load (without flushing it downstream)  ...
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