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Eastern Iowans to be honored for donating land to DNR

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Three eastern Iowa families will be honored next month for donating land that will be permanently protected.

Eric and Karen Dowell of Cedar Falls donated 80 acres of woodland habitat in Butler County to the Iowa Natural heritage Foundation.  The Iowa DNR says the donation will benefit wildlife and water quality in the Lower Beaver Creek section of the Cedar River watershed.

Michael and Linda Rickert of Reinbeck will be honored for their donation of 72 acres in the Iowa River Greenbelt in Hardin County.  The portion of conservation easement was given to the Iowa National Heritage Foundation.  In 2007, the Rickerts protected land along the Upper Iowa River.

The estate of Berniece E. Kyle will be honored for the donation of 60 acres of cropland in Butler County.  The land, which contains a small amount of trees, will be used as a wildlife refuge where hunting and trapping will be prohibited.

The DNR says that 5,700 acres, with a value of more than $5 million, has been permanently protected through donations.

The donors will be honored during a ceremony on April 2 at 12:30 p.m., in Supreme Court room 103, at the State Capitol, in Des Moines.

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