Protecting these few remaining natural areas provides places where everyone has the opportunity to learn about and enjoy native habitats and where diverse flora and fauna have a chance to persist.
The Bur Oak Land 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.
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Big Grove Preserve, a forty-acre woodland adjacent to the Coralville Reservoir off Sugar Bottom Road, which makes up part of the original “Big Grove” noted by the first settlers to describe Johnson County’s landscape. There is a network of hiking trails in the property.
The Big Grove was acquired through a “bargain sale” (part gift/part purchase) in 2004 from Dick Schwab and Will Weibel, developers of the adjacent Natural Woodlands residential area. In addition to its ownership of the Big Grove, Bur Oak Land Trust holds a conservation easement on eight and a half acres of each ten-acre lot in the Natural Woodlands development.