Johnson County Heritage Trust does not solicit charitable contributions from donors who are residents of Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust is a land trust which accepts donations of land from residents and landowners who want their natural areas to be in the public trust, available for present and future generations.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust can also arrange and hold conservation easements, facilitate transfers of land from private to public ownership, and advise land owners on donations, sale, and preservation of their land. For more information on these conservation options, click here.
The JCHT cooperates with other groups which promote and preserve natural areas, including the Johnson County Conservation Board, the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, the Iowa Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and the Iowa Environmental Council. We are a member of the national Land Trust Alliance.
The JCHT currently maintains and preserves preserves eight local natural areas, for the enjoyment and education of the public, and holds 12 conservation easements.
|JCHT Board of Directors, 2013-2014
Mark Madsen, President
Liz Maas, Vice-President
Holly Carver, Treasurer
Brenda Nations, Secretary
|Tammy Richardson, Executive Director
|Jake Hart, Property Stewardship Specialist
|Bonnie Willoughby, Financial Coordinator
|JCHT Strategic Plan, 2009 – 2014
To preserve our natural heritage through protection
and management of land and water with significant environmental value.
- Responsible stewards of the land.
- Trustworthy in all that we do.
- Honoring the people, land, wildlife, water, air and plants of our county.
- Working with land owners and public and private organizations to achieve our goals.
- Focused on fulfilling our mission.
- Identify and protect land and water with significant environmental value, both directly and indirectly, and encourage and assist community in doing the same.
- Develop and implement management plans that encourage biological diversity and site-appropriate native ecosystems for each Johnson County Heritage Trust property.
- Obtain national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance.
- Collaborate with private and public organizations to encourage responsible land use and watershed management.
- Be readily recognized by the public as a conservation leader, educator and advisor.
Land and Water:
A Johnson County renowned for its preservation and restoration of prairies, woodlands, stream corridors, and wetlands:
- colorful prairie plants line its roadways, native wildflowers carpet its forest floors, native wildlife species abound;
- carefully planned residential and commercial developments and working farms co-exist harmoniously with natural areas.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust appreciates and encourages:
- an informed citizenry that understands the wisdom of strategic land preservation, native biodiversity and sustainable natural communities;
- the agricultural heritage of our county and the scenic, historic and economic value of our working farms;
- sustainable human communities that balance population growth with land preservation and unite fragmented natural areas with recreational trails and other corridors;
- the commitment of local governments to well-planned growth and to a land ethic that preserves native remnants for future generations; and
- local residents who become engaged in preserving and restoring our unique biological resources.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust will:
- work with other groups and local governments.
- actively identify special places and foster the voluntary preservation of unique natural areas,
- generate sufficient funding through membership, donations and grants,
- be responsible in managing properties entrusted to us, and
- have an active membership and a board with a passion for achieving our mission.
The impetus for the founding of the Johnson County Heritage Trust was, ironically, a lost opportunity. In late 1977 or early 1978 the owner of land on the south side of Hickory Hill Park and north of Rochester Avenue, along what is now an extension of 7th Ave., offered to sell it to the City as an addition to the Park. But the City could not meet the owner’s deadline, and the land was sold to a developer. This tragic loss led Nancy Seiberling and other public-spirited people to realize that Iowa City needed a private, non-profit organization that could act quickly to seize such opportunities and then hold land on its own or resell it to a public body. The answer was a land trust, something familiar to many people in the East and West but less known in the Middle West. There was then only one other land trust in Iowa, in the Dubuque area.
The earliest surviving minutes of the “Johnson County Heritage Trust” are from March 28, 1978. A board of Jean Lloyd-Jones, William Hines, David Ferree, Betsy Hillman, Russ Schmeiser, Donna Epley, Fremont Isaacs, and Richard Baker elected Hines President, Epley Vice Preesident, Hillman Secretary and Schmeiser Treasurer. They say that “the majority of the meeting centered around discussion and revision of the bylaws.” They also say that as a result of an earlier meeting, March 9, “we have 50 paid members for a total of $810.”
Enthusiasm was high. There was another board meeting April 12, and another general membership meeting April 27, at which four committees were formed: Membership-liason, Donations, Land Search, and Public Relations. Incorporation followed on May 3, handled by Bill Meardon. The first purpose of the trust, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, was to be the “preservation of natural resources of Johnson Co., Iowa and surrounding area, including, but not limited to, water resources, woodland and open spaces, and the plant and animal life therein and the preservation of unique historic and scenic sites.” Other purposes were scientific study; public education; and property acquisition, use, or transfer “to carry out such purposes.”
Board meetings in June, September, and November 1978 took up the printing of brochures, appearances on radio shows, and possible acquisitions. Places listed were a riverfront tract north of I-80, Turkey Creek, the Rotary Camp, Lover’s Leap, Brown’s Woods, Ryerson Timber, Douglas Woods, and Elmira or Gardiner’s Woods.
The next surviving minutes are of a board meeting January 9, 1980. Discussion was of a “Turkey Creek Easement” and “Ryerson Timber.” There was also talk “of linking up with other groups such as Nature Conservancy, Johnson Co. Conser. Bd or the new State land preservation group appointed by Governor Ray.” The last was to become the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Its first Director, Gerald Schnef, asked Jean Lloyd-Jones for copies of our by-laws and articles of incorporation.
On Nov. 6, 1980 at “the Story Hour Room” of the I.C. Public Library the general membership reviewed acquisition of the Turkey Creek Nature Area, and the Board unanimously accepted the donation of it from the owners (the Gelmans, Howes, Lasanskys, and John Greenleaf and Barbara Greenleaf Buckley). At the same meeting Cathy Johnson “explained her attempts to preserve the Rock Island RR Depot.” Fortunately, the Depot was later preserved by private individuals. But preservation of buildings, although allowed for in the Articles of Incorporation, was not to become a JCHT interest.
So nearly three years after its initial organization, the JCHT acquired its first property, the beautiful 105 acres of woods, bluffs, and former pasture along Turkey Creek south of Sugar Bottom Road. Dedication of the property, with a sign honoring the donors, was planned for June 27th, 1981, liability insurance was purchased, and work-days were proposed. Management of Turkey Creek became a major concern of the JCHT.
For the annual meeting of June 8, 1983 Dick Baker invited Paul Christianson of Cornell College to give a slide presentation on prairies, and later that evening members voted to authorize up to $750 for the establishment of 5 acres of prairie on the pasture land. This was the beginning of the Trust’s interest in prairie preservation and reconstruction. Minutes from following years mention efforts to control multiflora rose (including the hiring of students in the Mayor’s Youth Program to dig it up), trying to keep out stray cattle, controlled burns, and additional prairie planting, sometimes with money from Project Green. Another item is that in 1987 the Army Corps of Engineers paid the Trust $3500 for a flood easement. That was our first major cash inflow.
But the Trust also continued to try to acquire and protect woodland. In 1981 Bill Meardon told the Board that he knew of property east of East Amana called Hanging Rock Woods. Eventually a group led by Dr. Fred Stamler, that had owned and managed this 212-acre forested tract for 30 years, arranged for its transfer to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ryerson Timber / Woods, the 33 acres south of the Fair Grounds, remained on the JCHT agenda until 1986, when President Hines announced that it had been transferred to the City. Also in 1986 Dick Baker announced that he had received a call from an attorney about the possible donation to the Trust of 20 acres between West Branch and Iowa City. At a special meeting November 17, 1986, the Trust formally accepted that donation – which we know as Hora Woods, for its donor, Mabel Hora.
1986 also saw the first JCHT newsletter, which Connie Mutel was to edit for many more years. Previously, information about the Trust was disseminated only by mailing out the minutes of each annual meeting. But the Trust now had more to report. Land conservation was becoming a nation-wide issue, and the Newsletter was an effort to reach a larger audience and expand our influence. Two years before, Jean Lloyd-Jones had said in her “Legislative Report,” a feature then of annual meetings, that the Governor had just signed a bill allowing private, non-profit organizations to hold conservation easements, which previously could be held only by governmental bodies. She also reported that the State was expanding the “Chickadee Checkoff” and improving non-game conservation efforts.
By 1988, our tenth anniversary, membership was at 45, and the newsletter wrote that Edwin B. Green, the former managing editor of the Press-Citizen had bequeathed the Trust $5,000, approximately doubling its bank balance. At that year’s meeting Connie Mutel proposed our making an annual Conservation Award, saying it would both recognize the winner’s service and increase recognition of the Trust. (See separate list of the winners and their achievements.)
A sign of our growing community presence came in 1992 with the offer to the JCHT of 13 acres of oak-hickory forest that had been purchased by seventeen home-owners in the Ridge Road area to protect them from development. The home-owners insisted that they also did not want these woods and ravine “to be a formal park,” as Dr. Isacson (one of the neighbors) said, but to remain in their “natural state.” We accommodated their wish and also changed our by-laws to make sure the land remained that way even if the JCHT were dissolved. In our files is a moving letter from Richard Bovbjerg, one of the neighbors, describing the Ridge Road Preserve (or Shimek Ravine, as we usually call it) as it then was – the ravine, woods, flowers, birds, and animals.
The Ridge Road Preserve represented a new function the Trust as an instrument that could not only protect land but protect the ambiance of a surrounding neighborhood that depended on that land for its privacy, quiet, and natural beauty.
Another function of the Trust was as a forum to which people could come with news of land anywhere in our area that was of special interest. In 1993 Aaron Basten of Solon reported on the unique features of land on the Ciha farm near Sutliff, on which he and Paul Christiansen had identified a sedge bog and 192 different plant species. The Trust voted to pay Aaron and Paul $200 towards the rental of the property, so that they could continue to study it. Eventually they identified over 250 plants there.
Our function as a forum had begun with the talks at the annual meetings. In 1985 Wendell Simonson gave two slide presentations, “The Story of Williams Prairie” and “Requiem for a Railroad.” In 1987 Jean Prior talked about the State Preserves. In 1988 Bill French spoke on the Muscatine Prairie Endowment. In 1990 President Seiberling reported on the new Natural Areas Survey (led by Steve Hendrix) that was being funded by the County Conservation Board and the replacement of the of County Weed Commissioner by a new position, Roadside Vegetation Manager (to be filled by Russ Bennett). The JCHT has strongly supported the collecting of more information about our local land and landscape. We can protect it only if we know about it. In 1995 we became more involved in State-wide conservation efforts, when we joined the new Iowa Environmental Council.
By 1996, as a result of these increasing activities, President Seiberling and others saw a need to expand the Board of Directors. In its first eighteen years there had been only three different Presidents (Hines, Baker, and Seiberling) and little change in Board composition. The Board voted to increase its size from 9 to 15 members and to amend the By-Laws so as to limit members to only two consecutive terms of three years each. In 1997 Dick Sjolund became the new President, with Sam Fahr re-elected Vice President and Russ Schmeiser continuing as Secretary and Treasurer.
A different expansion of the Trust came in 1998 with the donation by David and Kathy Belgum of their 40 acres of land along Dirty Face Creek west of Hills. This former cropland and pasture, with a small garden, orchard and stable was not woodland or prairie. On the other hand, the Belgums wanted it preserved for educational and recreational purposes, and it had the potential for both. Professor Steve Heard soon conducted pollination experiments there, and Hills elementary school was interested in the land as an outdoor classroom. The Belgums retained the right to use the garden and orchard, and in 2001 the Trust put 13 acres into the Conservation Reserve Program, for which we are receiving $1400 per year in rent for 15 years. We have also participated in a Johnson Co. Soil and Water Conservation District plan to reduce flooding and pollution in Dirty Face Creek. In the summer of 2002 Dick Baker led a group in monitoring the water there and in Turkey Creek.
But we saw that management of Belgum Grove would present new challenges to the Trust. Moreover, Johnson Co was growing so fast that there were additional roles for the Trust. So in 1999 President Mary Neuhauser headed a Planning Committee that met seven times that autumn and also heard from other private and public conservation groups. Its recommendations, approved by the Board in February 2000 and later by the general membership, included:
- joining the national Land Trust Alliance;
- doing more to identify land worthy of protection and then working with land owners and other groups to do so, by acquisition or holding of conservation easements;
- developing management plans for all our properties;
- developing funding strategies;
- and expanding our educational activities, via more newsletters, a new brochure, and participation in more public events and activities.
Since then these recommendations have guided the Board. In 2003 Judith Klink, David Curry, and Carol Spaziani developed a new brochure. Terry Dahms developed our first website. And the four management committees, chaired by Dick Baker (Turkey Creek), Alan Nagel (Hora Woods), Wayne Petersen (Belgum Grove), and David Curry (Shimek Ravine) presented long-range funding needs for each property. At the same time, negotiations with Dick Schwab began for a bargain sale to the Trust of 40 acres of his “Natural Woodlands” property in the County’s North Corridor and the Trust’s taking of conservation easements on 75 more acres. These 40 acres, now called Big Grove, were acquired in the summer of 2004.
Thus the JCHT currently owns five properties, totaling 228 acres, and has the responsibility of monitoring 75 acres. Providing for the management of this land and and the building of a reserve fund for future acquisition is the purpose of the “Watershed Moment” campaign to raise $400,000. The new strategic plan, which was developed in the Fall, 2004, outlines the policies which will guide the Trust in this management, acquisition, and growth.
The Johnson County Heritage Trust has grown a lot in 25 years, perhaps not as much as we would like, but solidly. Although begun in reaction to a lost opportunity, it has constantly tried to be more proactive – to look ahead and work with change, so that change can make us better stewards of our land and natural heritage. This is not always possible. Surprises happen, for better and for worse. But as we grow in size and experience, we become better prepared to anticipate opportunities and to seize them when they come. Today, as in its beginnings, the Trust is a meeting place for people with diverse skills – legal, financial, scientific, and custodial – dedicated to the common goal of land preservation. The great strength of Johnson County is the talent and expertise of its many different citizens. The Johnson County Heritage Trust has been a very effective means by which people with these many skills can work together in protecting our land, with its glorious woodlands, prairies, creeks, and rivers.
Robert F. Sayre
JCHT President, 2000-04
Johnson County Heritage Trust 2012 Committee Objectives
Executive Committee (Mark Madsen, John VanRybroek, Sharyn Reitz and Liz Maas)
a. Push for partnership with City of Iowa City for Property Stewardship Specialist shared position.
Accreditation (John VanRybroek - chair, Sharyn Reitz, Brenda Nations, James Fluck, Mark Madsen, and Tammy Richardson)
Purpose: To obtain national land trust accreditation from the LTA Accreditation Commission in 2012
- Monthly updates to Board of Directors with completed application materials
- Accreditation update at JCHT Annual Meeting
- Substantial completion of PreApplication and Application NLT May 1, 2012
- Application(s) reviewed widely during May 2012
- PreApplication submitted Friday, June 15, 2012
- Public notification and comment period August 13, 2012-October 26, 2012
- Application submitted Friday, September 7, 2012
- Followup conference call with Commission, or site visit
Land Acquisition and Protection (Jeff Dorale - chair, David Curry, Casey Kohrt, Jeff Smith, Dick Schwab, Mark Madsen and Dan Black)
- Identify focus areas for protection
- Develop land owner contacts
- Make prioritized recommendations for land and easement acquisitions
- Refine and update land evaluation criteria
- Develop and refine land and easement acquisition procedures
Resource Development (Judy Nauseef - chair), Dick Schwab, Mark Madsen, Liz Maas and Bob Sayre)
- Coordinate fund raising activities
- Recommend membership goals and due structures
- Recommend funding mechanisms
- Oversee capital campaigns
- Recommend sponsorship levels
Publicity (Michelle Falkoff - chair), Lori Lindner, Liz Hall, Barbara Beaumont and Anne Hesse)
- Production of the quarterly newsletter
- Maintaining and updating JCHT website
- Coordinate social media
- Organize contacts & presentations
- Advise the board of opportunities for collaboration with other organizations
Governance, Insurance and Investment (Lorie Reins-Schweer, Dick Schwab, Mark Madsen, Michelle Falkoff and Sharyn Reitz)
- Recruit Board members & officers
- Generate annual budget & oversee audits
- Long term financial planning & annual capacity reports
- Strategic planning organization
- Review insurance policies & oversee investments
- Policy & bylaw reviews
- Coordinate Board self-assessment and Executive Director evaluation
Property Manager’s Committee (Liz Maas,– Chair; Gene Szymkowiak, Wayne Petersen, Dan Black, Don Bolin, Mark Vitosh, Terry Dahms, Casey Kohrt, Erin Irish, John VanRybroek and Jake Hart
- Coordinate land management activities for each property.
- Work with the property steward to develop and update land management plans.
- Provide the Board with annual budgetary requirements.
- Work with property steward to generate annual management capacity report
INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY GOALS:
Belgum Grove – Wayne Petersen and Dan Black Co-Property Managers; and Bob Sayre
- Reconstruct Tack room and Pony barn
- Spray bur cucumber in the bottoms
- Fight Red Clover problem
- Burn brush piles and clean up some downed wood
- Work with CCI to finish southeast corner timber clean up and maybe fence line woody removal
- Host at least three events
- Family Day
- Preucil Day
- JCHT Day
- Pour in concrete in the Pony Barn
- Build Fence west of the Pony Barn
- Burn the north field and south around the wetlands (Spring 2012), burn the woodlands next fall! If we can get stuff cleaned up,
- Host at least one work day for shrub planting, mulch paw paws, maybe contact the Restoring Roots volunteer group.
- Trim apple trees – as a workday/event to show folks
Big Grove – Don Bolin, Property Manager
- The seeded areas in the meadow will be mowed twice.
- The entire reserve will be walked for garlic mustard, and work will continue on cleaning up the
- Again, probably 20 acres will be walked for removal of woody invasives; special attention will be
given to removal of oriental bittersweet.
- With the hiring of our new property steward, hope to get a more extensive program going for tree
management. Try and propagate more white oaks. Seek input on some minor water erosion problems.
Pappy Dickens Preserve – Liz Maas and Casey Kohrt, Property Managers
- Continue with brush removal in areas that were hard to reach with equipment.
- Brush pile burning during winter of 2012, to remove fuel loads.
- Fall 2012 burn in open areas where possible.
- CCI for 3 days.
Hora Woods – Gene Szymkowiak, Property Manager
Determine whether spring burning is prudent with regard to young oaks growing in TSI areas.
Organize volunteers for regular invasive species removal.
Develop proper monitoring as required by LTA and to document effectiveness of current management practices such as TSI.
Work with new Property Steward to:
- Exotics control: roses, garlic mustard, euonymus, honeysuckle, etc. Set goal of eradicating euonymus and reed canary grass with help of volunteers. Continue efforts in removing honeysuckle and multiflora rose, garlic mustard, black locust, smooth brome, and daylilies.
- Install deer protection fencing around new oaks and hickories.
- Photograph and record locations sedges and other rare plants identified in Tom Madsen’s plant inventory. Update plant list with both natives and nonnative invasive species to document a history of recent changes to flora.
- Respray reed canary grass in meadow and SE corner, plus brome on periphery, after frost. (Not sprayed this year: did not get good differentiation, i.e. still green while natives dormant.)
- CCI project in the fall will expand TSI to east property boundary.
- Herbicide treatment of brome and reed canary grass at SW edge. May need to be seeded subsequently.
Note: Burning and TSI has allowed move foci of invasives to develop including Garlic Mustard, euonymus,
and rose. Very few oak seedling in previously burned areas.
Natural Woodlands/Conservation Easements – Jake Hart, Property Manager
- Complete Conservation Easement Monitoring on all properties
- Hold a Natural Woodlands landowner meeting in 2012 and/or attend a Natural Woodlands
Homeowners’ Association meeting
- Continue open communication with conservation easement landowners
- Document property status in pictures
Newport-O’Mara Woods – Mark Vitosh and Liz Maas, Co- Property Managers
- Continue Invasive species removal on all acres (Emphasis on garlic mustard, Oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry, burning bush)
- Maintain established firebreaks 2,000 to 2,700 feet
- Burn 1 to 5 acres of woodland in fall 2012
Shimek Ravine – Terry Dahms, Property Manager
- Using the list of volunteers from the U of I ‘Volunteer Fair’, have workdays on Saturdays.
- Concentrate on pulling oriental bittersweet or cutting it with clippers and concentrate on honey suckle
and autumn olive
- Continue to cut ‘paths’ (fire lines) through the heaviest infestations of oriental bittersweet and autumn
olive and cut paths along the ridge lines.
- Control re-growth of oriental bittersweet and autumn olive by mowing/brush cutting and
maybe chemical treatment
- Investigate the possibility of contracting for a controlled burn, which could include the brush piles.
- Advocate for the hiring of professional.
- Devote one work day to eradicating garlic mustard
Strub Prairie – Casey Kohrt and Erin Irish, Co- Property Managers
Turkey Creek – John VanRybroek, Property Manager
- Mow new prairie reconstruction once or twice during the early summer to enhance the new planting.
- Will discuss the cleared area with Hidden acres neighborhood association and ask for a donation to sustain the area with prairie reconstruction. Also, seek volunteers from the Association to help with garlic mustard monitoring.
- Burn the Hidden acres clearing.
- Continue to monitor for Garlic Mustard.
- Continue with autumn olive removal and establishing a trail on the east side of the Preserve.
In 2009, our newsletter evolved into our Heritage Journal! Click below to download the publication of your choice.
- Winter, 2013
- Fall, 2012
- Spring, 2012
- Winter, 2011
- Fall, 2011
- Summer, 2011
- Spring, 2011
- Winter, 2010
- Nov-Dec, 2009
- Fall, 2009
- Fall, 2008
- Summer, 2008
- November, 2006
- June, 2006
- December, 2005
- June, 2005
JCHT Award Winners
||Aaron Basten – for his prairie and forest restorations on his acreage near Solon
||Fred Stamler – for preserving the 212-acre Hanging Rock Ridge property near East Amana and arranging for its sale to the Iowa DNR.
||Karole and Jim Fuller – Jim "for providing a center for ornithological information for bird lovers over the state" and Karole "for creative educational activities and dedication to widening horizons of understanding and protecting our natural world."
||Barbie Mann – "Over the past several years, Barbie Mann has developed ponds, wetlands, prairie and planted thousands of trees" on her land near Cosgrove and been "a soil conservation service volunteer."
||Sandy Rhodes – for raising local awareness of endangered native species.
||Sycamore Farms Co., a real estate development company consisting of Jim Miller, Greg Apel, and Steve Bright – for dedicating 191 acres to wetlands and conservation in a 422-acre tract being annexed by Iowa City for development.
||Tina Bourjaily – for combined sale and donation of 449 acres of her land to the Iowa DNR.
||Nancy Seiberling – in recognition of her years of service to conservation, through the JCHT and other organizations she has led and served in.
||Kate Klaus – in recognition of her leadership in the Heritage Trees of Iowa City project.
||Dick Baker – for his leadership in local, state, and international conservation activities.
||Russell Bennett – for work with the Johnson Co. Secondary Roads Dept. in protecting native flora.
||Mark Mueller – "for raising awareness regarding prairie habitat in Iowa through his artwork."
||Mary Somerville & Diana Horton – Mary for putting together a partnership between the JCSWCD and Board of Supervisors to initiate the Creek Sign Project; Diana for her teaching, her curating of the U. of I. Herbarium, and many activities to protect native areas around Iowa.
||Lon Drake – for extensive work in environmental remediation and reclamation, his teaching, and his example as a committed conservationist.
||Connie Mutel – for years of work studying the natural history of Iowa and Johnson Co., including her most recent leadership in fighting garlic mustard.
||Friends of Hickory Hill Park – for past and continuing work "to protect the wild nature of the Park," thru restorations, elimination of invasive species, education, co-operation with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Dept., & other means.
||Bob Sayre - for his dynamic four-year presidency of the JCHT during which the organization greatly expanded its activities, and for being a life-time advocate of preserving our natural heritage.
||Dale Shires - for his efforts coordinating efforts to develop a watershed protection plan for the Clear Creek Watershed.
||Kathie Belgum - for David and Kathie's contribution of Belgum Grove and for their ongoing support of JCHT's mission.
||The Gelman Family - for the cooperative donation of Turkey Creek by Gloria and Webster along with Tom Gelman's unselfish giving of his time and talents to support JCHT's mission and assist with land acquisition among many other things.
||Wayne Petersen - career conservationist, has dedicated a lifetime to water and soil conservation. Providing leadership and direction for the reconstruction of 15 acre prairie at Belgum grove, recreation of an oak savanna and the reconstruction of water control structure resulting in creation of a 3 acre water feature.
||Don Bolin and Terry Dahms - Don is often referred to as "a one man army" for his efforts on Johnson County Heritage Trust's Big Grove property. He has pretty much single handedly removed nearly all of the invasive species on that 40 acre parcel of land. Terry Dahms has provided countless hours converting JCHT's Shimek Ravine from a jungle into what will be a pristine "park-like" 13 acres of oak-hickory forest near Shimek Elementary School.
||Dan Black has worked tirelessly as Co-Property Manager of Johnson County Heritage Trust's Belgum Grove Property during and since JCHT's campaign "Bringing Iowa Back to Belgum Grove." Dan has provided his equipment and many hours coordinating work groups and working to assist in installation of a 5-acre water feature, a wetland and reconstructing a prairie.
||Casey Kohrt serves as Johnson County Heritage Trust's Strub Prairie and Co-Manager of Pappy Dickens Preserve. Casey was instrumental in assisting to acquire both properties and has helped identify properties in and around Johnson County that have preservation value.
||Dick Schwab has served as Turkey Creek Property Manager and President of the JCHT Board during a major time of growth for the organization. Dick has aided Johnson County Heritage Trust not only by his leadership as President, but by continuing to serve on JCHT's Governance and Resource Development Committees.
Charles and Nellie Kremenak
Dick and Ann Feddersen
Jim and Pat Ephgrave
Kyran Cook and Kay Gfeller
ATTN Brenda Klumserud
Dr. John Logsdon
Museum of Natural History
Rosanne and Jim Cook
Virginia Hadley Hall
Eric and Alison Lynch
Eskin Family Foundation
Mr. Jason Griffin
William Schwarz and Mary Skopec
Dick and Joyce Summerwill
Herteen and Stocker Jewelers
Luann Reynolds and David Parsons
Ms. Jessica Nichols
Jim and Christine Walters
Paul and Amy Bouska
Lolly & Del
Willa and Catherine Dickens
Jim and Mary Pratt
Ms. Judy Carpenter
Steve and Karen Laughlin
Robin Butler and Janelle Rettig
The Hound's Tooth
Dr. Kimberly Schultz
Infinity Skin Care and Spa
Cedar Rapids Rough Riders
ATTN Larissa Heimer
William and Judith Klink
William and Judith Knabe
Jeff and Pam Dorale
Ken and Marybeth Slonneger
Mark and Lesley Pries
Gary Klinefelter and Cynthia Parsons
The Art Mission
Black Hills Farms, LLC
Brick Arch Winery
Marcus and Joan Nashelsky
University of Iowa Press
ATTN Holly Carver
Phil and Joyce Leff
Alan and Kristin Nagel
Kathy and Chia-Hsing Lu
Tom and Laura Hahn
Red Bone Entertainment, LLC
Dan and Minette Black
Forever Green, Inc.
Fin & Feather Inc.
Doug and Amy Moore
Richard and Judith Hurtig
Pleasant Valley Nursery and Landscaping
David McCartney and James Petersen
Hills Bank and Trust Company
Donna Friedman and David Curry
Richard and Janice Horak
Eugene and Carole Knutson
Lorie Reins Schweer
Darl and Barbara Van Rheenen
Matt and Mary Kate Pilcher- Hayek
Freedom Security Bank
Lynch, Greenleaf & Michael
Mark and Judy Madsen
Seth and Wendy Zimmerman
Goodwill Indusstries of the Heartland
Greg and Kathy Kelly
Jean Blair and Brian Christianson
Robert McKay and Jill Turner Mckay
Scheels All Sports
John and Jackquelyn Stokes
Mr. Randy Poole
Mr. Michael Kennedy
Phillip and Julia Mears
Ms. Cindy Reed and Mr. Steven Lamer
Nancy and Mark Hefron
Ms. Marylou Henley
Mr. Carl Kurtz
Cook Appraisal Commercial Real Estate
Shoemaker Haaland Professional Eng
Richard and Jean Lloyd-Jones
Marcus Theatres Corporation
Mid-American Energy Co
Linda and Robert Scarth
Charles and Marjorie Wilhite
Don and Cathy Kruse
Ryan and Kate Giannini
Diana and Debra Kruse
Stephen and Victoria West
Holmes and Elaine Semken
Jack and Fran Neuzil
Andrew and Maureen Russo
Jim and Lori Jacob
Douglas and Connie Parsons
Alan and Ruth Skelley
Mr. James Flitz
Nancy Jones and Michael Hovland
Mr. Mark Thies and Mrs. Ann Lee
Andy Tinkham and Sarah Walz
C.J. Voci and Jae Spoon
Bill and Lynette Lancial
Mark and Marsha Hamer
Becky and Yutaka Sato
David and Jeanne Collins
Brown Deer Golf Club
Ben and Dr. Dena Dillon
Gail Hanson and Mike Schmidt
Ms. Jennifer Holan
Ms. Nancy Williams
Dickel Construction Co. Inc.
Barry and Emmy Hopkins
Liberty Family Dental
Every Bloomin Thing
Mr. Steven Elliott
Judd and Ericka Lawler
Lola Lopes and Gregg Oden
Lon and Barbara Drake
Heaven Scent Flowers and Gifts
Mr. Carl Strub
Terry and Ann Smothers
Iowa Artisans Gallery
ATTN Astrid Bennett
Ron and Sharon Hanson
John and Patricia Koza
Jerry and Judy Musser
James and Jean Sandrock
Ms. Amanda Redlinger
Gene Savin & Susan Enzle
Tallgrass Business Resources
Kendall and Alice Atkinson
New Pioneer Food Co-op
Jody McKee and Carter Johnson
Richard and Jane Gibson
Neumann Monson Architects
ATTN Andre Perry
Kim and Melanie McDonald
Selzer Werderitsch Associates
Chuck and Anne Hesse
Dick and Deb Irwin
Robert and Diane DeWitt
Robert and Vida Brenner
Mike Wright and Michael Knock
Chris and Sheral Jensen
Pat and Enid Cancilla
Bob and Carolyn Howe
Harry and Ellie Graves
Charles and Christine Rohret
Kate Duchene Thoma
Mr. Rodney Sullivan
Connie and Robert Mutel
David and Laurie Eash
Duane and Jill Miller
Doug and Jean Boatman
Kevin and Mary Somerville
A. W. Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
ATTN Craig Welt
Andrew and Karrie Craig
Richard Schwab and Katherine Burford
Wayne and Sherry Hartwig
Tom and Sue O'Dorisio
Adam and Shannon Hahn
Raymond and Kathy Venzke
ATTN Richard Sjolund
Dick and Rina Sjolund
Andrew and Jama Lidral
Marilyn Hiscock and Dixie Bond
Steve and Mary Adamek
John and Jean VanRybroek
Kenn and Jan Hubel
ATTN Jim Jacob
Sara Rynes Weller and Paul Weller
Stephanie and Stephen Wilson
Jane Van Voorhis & Kurt Anstreicher
Pete Kollasch and Patricia Knox
Jeff and Judy Stevens
Ben and Paula Henderson
Agnes and Mike Apicella
Marc and Marilyn Brown
Frank and Peggy Cummings
Richard and Ute Grimlund
Susan Dale Wall
Iowa City Dermatology, LLC
Adrian and Sara Schoenmaker
Don and Melissa Cantrell
James and Carol Cooper
Larry and Diane Allen
Hetty Hall and Mark Graber
Patrick and Jean Harney
Lois Geist and Charles Carroll
Mark and Bonnie Penno
Robert and Deborah Schultz
Mr. Robert Fick
Mark and Leann Vitosh
James and Maria Conzemius
Loren and Dianna Engelbrecht
Bill and Carol Hulbary
Mr. Donald MacDonald
|Mary and Kirk Ferentz
Gene and Vicki Callender II
George and Alliene Schrimper
William and Sheila Boyd
Mike and Mary Jensen
April Dirks Bihun and Seth Bihun
Total Tree Care of Iowa
Craig and Nancy Willis
Armond and Polly Pagliai
City Carton Recycling
Tom and Cathy Weingeist
James and Nancy Baker
Drew and Judith Dillman
Peter and Kathryn Wallace
Kevin and Julie Monson
Ms. Ann Koppenhaver
Ms. Maureen McCue
Bob and Carol Wise
Christine Allen and James Clayton
Sharyn and John Reitz
Robert and Sally Hall
Zach Wildlife Art
Alisa and Joshua Meggitt
John and Claudia Knutson
Terry and Laurie Dahms
Shel and Ann Stromquist
Daniel Stence and Beth Holden
Ms. Josephine Hensch
Mr. Bradley Johnson
Highland Hideaway Hunting
John and Gail Keller
Gene Szymkowiak and Erin Irish
AJ's Copper Garden
Maureen Marron and Shaun Vecera
Bagolitas by Janice
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
Old Capitol Brew Works & Public House
Mr. David VanRoekel
Joseph and Anne Frankel
Daniel and Cheryl Nuno
Community Foundation of Johnson County
Helen Kudos and Robert Caldwell
Bill and Meg Furlong
Bluebird Diner, 2-Tone, Inc.
George and Christiane Knorr
Ms. Rose Danaher
Jacob Hart and Leiah Zimek
Buzzard's Glory Balloon Company
Ms. Susan Delaney
Chuck and Vickie Legare
Richard and Janet Hollis
Caroline and Olga Will
Mark and Mary Ellen Stinski
Michael and Shelly
Roy and Deb Gaddis
Scott and Pat Fisher
Jack and Janice Miller
Roger and Sally Stutsman
Kenneth and Jeanette Kinsey
Julie Scott and James Fluck
Daryl and Nancy Granner
Mr. Henry Carson
Doug and Linda Paul
Catherine Young and Kathy Keifer
Sutliff Cider Company
Charles and Joanne Swenson
Ronald and Karla Puettmann
Miechelle and Larry Weber
ATTN Alan Weinstein
Old Creamery Theatre Co.
James and Katherine Clifton
Valerie Cool and Mark Muller
Bill and Judy Nauseef
Dwayne and Angela Capper
Anthony and Sue Zaleski
Carolyn and John Gross
Lou Rae Hoogerwerf
Russell and Cyndie Schmeiser
Ronald and Helen Ann Reed
David and Lisa Bluder
George and Eugenia Crosheck
Nancy and Toby Hyde
Jim and Helen Crosheck
Robert and Barbara Roelf
Ms. Lois James
Chris and Dina Mottinger
Carroll and Bev Lust
Mr. Rick Langholtz
Richard and Marcia Shaffer
John and Mary Lynn Grant
John and Allie Dane
Bird's Eye View
David Weiss and Muh Ute
Claire Sponsler and Jeff Porter
Rodney and Jeanine Sedlacek
Robert and Hutha Sayre
Robert and Nancy Upmeyer
Ms. Ann Nalley
Tim and Sarah Krumm
Mike and Kate Massey
Hanne Hierholzer and Glen Miska
Jeanette Carter and Wayne Patton
David and Jill Scholz
Richard and Linda Kerber
David and Harriet Reynolds
Brown Street Inn
Adam and Teresa Galluzzo
Suzanne and Jerry Protheroe
David and Sally Dierks
Dr. Stephen Scheckel
Kevin and Becky Leidal
Leash On Life
ATTN Julie Phye
Casey Kohrt and Christopher Munoz
Ben and Rachael Nicholson
Peter and Ellie Densen
Gary and Sharon Lust
Robert McCown and Judith Gust
Jonathan and Pamela Sabin
Mr. Stephen Murley
Leon and Shirley Lyvers
Chris and Anne Edwards
Amana Colonies Golf Club
Catiri's Art Oasis
Don and Dorothy Fowles
Mr. Joe Graves
Lisa Spellman and Mark Trimble
Thomas and Deborah Dunn
Collectively Iowa Wines & Event Center
Iowa Theatre Artists Company
Prairie Oak Restoration, LLC
Attn. David Novak
Eldon and Linda Prybil
Lucy and Mike Hershberger
Jay and Helen Proffitt
Jay Proffitt Construction Inc
Mercy Iowa City
Steve and Nancy Weber
Thomas and Carol Rosenberger
Blank & McCune The Real Estate Co
US Dept Of Agriculture
Lori and Doug Lindner
Mr. Brian Hayes
Kevin and Julie Berbaum
Bryan and Virginia Clemons
Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center
Charles and Marilyn Skaugstad
Mary Jeanne Perino and Kirk Phillips
John and Marie Poyzer
Elizabeth Swain & Jeff Klahn
Dana and Liz Christiansen
Ellinor Goodwin Green
Down To Earth Florist
Bill and Jean Hines
Ed and Ethel Barker
James and Karole Fuller
Cathy Cole and Mike Feiss
Michele Maring Miller Studio and Gallery
Ted and Kay Carpenter
Joyce Miller and Gary Frost
Brenda Nations and Art Bettis
Linda McGuire and Anne Burnside
Jerry and Pat Meis
Richard Javes and Ruth Baldwin
Willard and Susan Boyd
Transitions Ecology, LLC
Hal and Naomi Schedl
Norman and Olivia Atcherson
Glen and Kathy Meisner
Dana and Peter Noble
Paula Overland Brandt
Greg and Inge Clancy
Mr. Harry Smith
Mel and Barbara Schlachter
Donald Bolin and Liz Hall
Ruedi and Cecile Kuenzli
Tom and Becky Gelman
Deb Pullin-Van Auken and Chris Van Auken
Glen and Tonja Winekauf
William and Barbara Buss
Ms. Kate Georgen
Eco Development, LLC
Ms. Nancy Kohrt
Mr. Morrie Adams
James and Rose Marie Monagan
Olive and James Bakery
Richard and Linda Randell
Warren and Gail Bishop
Jerry and Carol Mennenga
Bob Wachal and Jane McCune
Matthew Hill and Margaret Beck
1st Avenue HyVee
ATTN Scott Thompson
John and Wanda Evans
John and Elizabeth Stratton
Douglas and Beverly Jones
Margaret and Charles Felling
Doug and Theresa Weihe
Tom and Barbara Nicknish
Ms. Karen Chappell
Dale and Kay Prediger
William Matthes and Alicia Brown-Matthes
Mike and Judith Cilek
Bryce and Rosemary Plapp
Charles and Mary Ann Peters
Wayne and Linda Petersen
Joy Smith and David Rust
John and Randee Fieselmann
Wolverine World Wide Foundation
Lori and David Klockau
Don and Kathy Hodson
Jeffrey and Louise Smith
Richard and Debby Baker
Holly Carver and Lain Adkins
Mary Vasey and Nick Johnson
Robert and Mary Kroninger
Kristin and Cary Beatty
Custom Cutlery & Ironworks
Hair of the Dawg
Friends of Hickory Hill Park