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One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1978, Bur Oak Land Trust (formerly Johnson County Heritage Trust) has been doing just that for the people of eastern Iowa.
Back in the 1980s a lot of us were promoting living snowfences to control snow drifting on the most difficult places on Iowa roads. The theme was picked up by folks of many persuasions: County Extension offices offered pamphlets, Moose Lodges pledged support, Wallace’s Farmer magazine ran a how-to-do-it story, County Roads engineers discussed details in their meetings, County Conservation Boards passed resolutions, and nurseries mailed catalogues.
The blinding glare of the April evening sun over the water obscures my ability to sort out details. I’m standing on our driveway, next to my vehicle, trying to figure out what is floating on the pond’s surface near the wood duck nesting box.
You probably already know that Prairie Preview is going to convene for the 36th time – on March 5th. Like last year, we meet at the Clarion Highlander, doors open at 6:30pm, speaker at 7:30pm.