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Title: Loess Hills National Scenic Byway


1
Whats Happening in the Hills
2
Golden Hills Resource Conservation Development
(RCD)
October 1, 2008 - Shirley Frederiksen
3
Loess Hills Geographic Area
4
Sylvan Runkel Preserve
5
Catsteps
6
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Glenwood Indian Earth Lodge 950 A.D. to 1250 A.D.
8
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Problem - Degrading Streams
11
Hungry Canyons Alliance - Solution
12
HCA Current Work
  • Facilitated a Work Agreement between HCA,
    Pottawattamie County and Northern Natural Gas.
  • Completed a HCA Tire Structure in Cass County
    Pottawattamie County
  • Working with DNR Fisheries to make the HCA
    structures more fish friendly
  • Working with Emergency Watershed Program to
    repair flood damage

13
Revitalize the Wine Grape Industry in Western
Iowa
  • Jan 2000-held first education session in western
    Iowa on grape growing

14
Re-establishing the Iowa Grape Industry Impacts
  • Agricultural Diversity
  • Small Family Farms
  • Value Added Agricultural
  • Land Use
  • Tourism
  • History

15
History
  • 6000 acres of grapevines in Iowa in the early
    1900s
  • According to the 1900 Ag. Census 7,403,900 lbs.
    of grapes and 76,301 gallons of farm- processed
    wine was produced
  • Grape Growers Association started in Iowa in 1893


16
Revitalizing the Grape Wine Industry in Western
Iowa
  • Monthly educational seminars on grape growing
  • Winemaking sessions
  • Formed the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association

17
Grape Grower Assistance
  • Worked to secure grant funds for a statewide
    Viticulture Technician
  • July 2002 - Hired Viticulture Technician
  • Eli Bergmeier to assist
  • grape growers and wineries
  • across Iowa

18
Western Iowa Grape Growers Association
  • 61 Members
  • Cooperative Buying Program
  • Education Workshops in the Growing Season
  • Newsletter Website
  • Networking
  • www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org

19
Western Iowa Wine Trail
westerniowawinetrail.com
20
Loess Hills Scenic Byway
21
Scenic Byway Council Mission - to provide a high
quality experience to travelers on the byway
22
Scenic Byway Spine Excursion Loops
23
Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
  • Received National Scenic Byway Designation in
    June 2000
  • Created the LHNSB Council in October 2000
  • Mission To Provide a High Quality Experience to
    Travelers on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

24
New Loess Hills National Scenic Byway Guidebook
25
Interpretive Centers Completed
Westfield in Northern Loess
Hills
26
Southern Loess Hills Interpretive Welcome Center
Highway 2 and Interstate 29
27
Hitchcock Nature Center
From meeting facility 1.2 million dollar
renovation - into an interpretive center
28
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New Exhibit Coming Soon
30
Three Portals North, Middle and South
31
12 Foot Panel at the Portals
32
Other Byway Work
  • County Comprehensive Plans with a Special Overlay
    District for the Loess Hills
  • Economic Impact Study
  • Developed a Byway Newsletter
  • Theme Tours and Day Trips that
  • are available on the website

33
Interstate Kiosks
34
Low Impact Development
  • Workshops, Seminars and Conferences
  • Tours of Best Management Practice Sites
  • Model Low Impact Development Ordinances for use
    by all Counties

35
Loess Hills State Forest
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  • Special Landscape Areas
  • 2003 17 protected Today 28
  • Broken Kettle (12K ac) 66 protected
  • Plymouth S (13,549 ac) 12 protected
  • Luton (1,941 ac) 38 protected
  • Grant Center (5,364 ac) 0 protected
  • Turin (15,049 ac) 47 protected
  • Little Sioux (23,736 ac) 32 protected
  • Mondamin (5,394 ac) 23 protected
  • Loveland (3,828 ac) 36 protected
  • Council Bluffs N(5,028 ac) 0 protected
  • Folsom Point (5,936 ac) 10 protected
  • Burr Oak Ridge (6,000 ac) 1 protected
  • Waubonsie (4,249 ac) 50 protected

38
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • has been working to acquire property in the
    Loess Hills through fee title and conservation
    easements

39
Loess Hills Stewardship Initiative
Prescribed Fire
40
Background
  • Loess Hills has approximately 22,000 acres of
    remnant prairie
  • Representing 75 of Iowas remaining prairie
    heritage
  • The original prairies and oak savannas were fire
    adapted communities
  • Fire suppression has resulted in the increase of
    invasive woody species

41
Prairie Threats
  • Fire Suppression
  • Lack of Management
  • Urban Sprawl

42
Goals of the Stewardship Initiative
  • Invasive Species Control
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvement
  • Increase Grazing Capacity
  • Protect the Natural Biological Communities

43
1.5 Million Dollar Program
  • Provide RX Fire Equipment
  • Hired a Burn Boss
  • Cost Share for Landowners

44
Stewardship Initiative
  • Partners U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa
    Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest
    Service, Golden Hills Resource Conservation and
    Development (RCD), The Nature Conservancy, the
    seven county Soil and Water Conservation
    Districts, Pottawattamie County Conservation,
    Plymouth County Conservation, Harrison County
    Conservation, Mills County Conservation, Woodbury
    County Conservation, Monona County Conservation,
    Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Agren Inc.,
    Loess Hills Audubon, Diversity Farms Inc.,
    National Park Service, University of Nebraska at
    Omaha, Pottawattamie County Pheasants Forever and
    private citizens.

45
Loess Hills Cultural Resources Study
  • Pre-Historic
  • Historic
  • Architectural

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Virtual Earth Lodges
48
Danish Ingeman Church
49
Excavated Earth Lodge Site
50
  • Glenwood
  • Resource
  • Center
  • 917 Acres
  • Recommended for
  • a State
  • Archaeological
  • Preserve

51
  • Red Recorded Earth Lodge Sites
  • Yellow Other Archaeological Sites
  • Not all of the Property has had a Systematic
    Survey
  • 112 Archaeological Sites without a Survey

52
The Loess Hills An American Treasure
53
  • Never Doubt That a Small Group of Thoughtful
    Committed Citizens Can Change the World Indeed,
    It Is The Only Thing That Ever Has.

Margaret Mead
54
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