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Have you heard about the Qualified Charitable Distribution?

Have you heard of a new tax and estate planning strategy call “qualified charitable distributions?” If you have charities you would like to support, pretax money saved in an IRA can be an ideal charitable donation. Rather than passing these assets to a beneficiary (who will likely pay taxes when the inherited IRA is distributed), you can give them to a charity by taking a qualified charitable distribution. A qualified charitable distribution will count toward satisfying your required minimum distribution, and neither you nor the charity will have to pay income taxes. Have questions – contact Bur Oak Land Trust or your financial adviser.


Lend a Hand on the Land: Iowa Land Trusts seed harvest at Snyder Heritage Farm

Endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Found on Additional Properties!

Great news! This August Property Stewardship Specialist Jason Taylor led a bee photo identification workday on Bur Oak Land Trust properties and there were new (and confirmed) sightings. To read the press release, click here: Endangered Species Found on Local Land Trust Properties

We are Pleased to Announce Jason Taylor as our new Property Stewardship Specialist!

Jason Taylor co-owned a native land restoration company in Johnson county for the last 13 years, and has been restoring a private property in Van Buren county with his wife, Natalie, since 2016. He has worked with two educational nonprofits and has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, both from the University of Iowa. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and cats, and looks forward to sharing his passion for land conservation with the community.

Drone footage of burn at O’Mara-Newport

Form 990 Available for Download

Our 2017 Form 990 is available to view and download here: Form 990

Somewhere Only We Know Film Screening

Somewhere Only We Know: Life in the Sticks follows the Horak family – specifically Janice and Richard – and tells the narrative of their life and legacy. The film ultimately answers the question of what is worth more than money. The film is the directorial debut of Kyle Duane Kazimour. Kyle Duane Kazimour is a young artist and entrepreneur who started Ambivalence Studios, a creative company specializing in creative portraiture and videography. For more info, click here: Facebook event

Bur Oak land Trust celebrates 40 years of conservation

Founded in 1978, Bur Oak Land Trust has been protecting and conserving for 40 years. Read here for more information: Celebrating 40 years of conservation

Brochure Outreach Inspires Osprey Platform Build

Kessler Prairie

Land donated by James and Kathryn Kessler in December 2017 – first property outside of Johnson County in Poweshiek County. Read more here: Kessler Prairie press release

Muddy Creek Preserve acquisition

Land donated by Barbara Beaumont and Kurt Hamann: Muddy Creek Preserve press release

Lands End business store front now available

Shop Bur Oak Land Trust’s Lands End business store front to get beautiful embroidered Bur Oak Land Trust logo stitching on quality clothing! Click here to shop: Lands End store

Watch Prairie Preview 2017

Bur Oak Land Trust presents Prairie Preview XXXIV, a free, open to the public environmental forum that traditionally attracts over 250 attendees. Steve Hendrix from the University of Iowa is this year’s speaker and his talk is titled “Wild bees of Iowa: Hidden diversity in the service of conservation.” More than 44 exhibitors also showcased their organizations, provided information, and answered questions that attendees had. Refreshments provided. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please contact Tammy Wright, Bur Oak Land Trust executive director, at info@buroaklandtrust.org or 319-338-7030. Filmed by Iowa City’s City Channel 4.

Johnson County Conservation Calendar:

Tammy Wright at KCCK talks about the first sign of spring – Prairie Preview


New partnership with Giving Assistant!

Giving Assistant is a free, easy, and reliable way to help Bur Oak Land Trust go even further. When you shop online at 1800+ popular online retailers using Giving Assistant, you earn cash back. Then, you get to decide how much of that cash back you’d like to donate to Bur Oak Land Trust. You’ll even find great deals like Target Promo Codes, as well as savings at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and eBay. Shop. Earn. Change the world! Click here to support Bur Oak Land Trust: Giving Assistant

Now partnering with Slickdeals!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Slickdeals to bring you the best deals and coupons from thousands of online retailers. And the best part? While you save money, you’ll be raising money for environmental conservation with Bur Oak Land Trust at the same time! Getting started is simple. Just go to Slickdeals Gives Back to register for free, select us as your designated non-profit and start shopping. Every time you shop via the program you earn points for us, and you’ll even generate double points when you shop at AmazonHome Depot and Lowe’s. So you save big and we raise much-needed funds. It’s that easy!

Bur Oak Land Trust in the News

The Gazette published an article of the work AmeriCorps NCCC did on our Bur Oak Land Trust properties! Here’s the link: Volunteers helping preserve natural habitat in Johnson County

Recently the Gazette interviewed Mary Wall, one of the Shimek Ravine neighbors instrumental in protecting this property about this important effort. Here’s the link: Iowa City neighbors banded together to preserve Shimek Ravine

Tammy Wright at KCCK talks about Bur Oak Land Trust!

Alliant Energy grant funds is being used to restore quail habitat at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Alliant Energy has awarded a grant in the amount of $3900 to Bur Oak Land Trust to develop and maintain critically needed edge habitat for the dramatically declining quail population in Iowa. The western edge of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is an ideal place to create rows of shrubby, grassy habitat that border on the convergence of other habitats. The proposed area of planting is bordered by established prairie, woodland, and neighboring cropland. The varied habitat will provide ample food and shelter for the quail. The proposed edge planting will provide grass for the quail to nest and roost. Seeds from the native grasses and flowers will provide food, as will the insects that visit the same grasses and flowers. The oak and other woodland trees will provide acorns and other nuts for food. Row crops and pasture over the fence will provide corn and other sources of food.

Geocaches are live!

We now have geocaches placed at our Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – and they have been found and reviewed by a number of geocachers already! Not familiar with geocaching? Check out this Geocaching 101 video: Geocaching 101

Show your support with Bur Oak Land Trust merchandise!

Bur Oak Land Trust t-shirts are now available to purchase! We have short-sleeved adult sizes in S, M, L, XL and youth sizes in S, M for $15 and long-sleeved adult size in L and XL for $20. Adjustable hats are $20, visors are $18, and canvas bags are $40. Click here to shop: Shop

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Slow Down Garlic Mustard by Keeping Clean

We are not saying you have to take a shower before you take a walk in the woods, but if you clean your shoes before entering a natural area and when you are leaving a natural area, you can potentially reduce the spread of the non-native invasive plant called garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata).

Garlic mustard is an undesirable plant that can degrade quality woodlands by crowding out understory (lower layer) wildflowers and tree seedlings, which are critical to maintaining a balanced ecosystem and providing habitat for a variety of wildlife. This plant has been invading Iowa’s woodlands and natural areas at an alarming rate over the last 10 years.

This plant spreads by seeds that are usually mature between July and August, and they can attach to many things including people (boots, shoes, gear, and clothing), pets (fur and feet), deer and other animals, moving water, and tires (bikes, mowing equipment, cars, ATV’s, etc.). You can potentially reduce the spread of garlic mustard by thoroughly cleaning any materials that could come in contact with seed before you leave natural areas that could have established populations of this plant.

There is not one single method that will control the spread of garlic mustard in Iowa (see the following link for plant identification and general management), but when you go for a walk in a local natural area, do your part by making sure your footwear and clothing are clean before you enter and are clean again before you leave.

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of eligible purchases!

Support Bur Oak Land Trust by shopping AmazonSmile – There’s always an occasion coming up to use this great feature on Amazon! Here’s the link to start your shopping: AmazonSmile

Bur Oak Land Trust is Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

In 2013, after much hard work, Bur Oak Land Trust – formerly Johnson County Heritage Trust – was awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance, whose mission is “to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America.” We are one of 230 land trusts from across the country that have been awarded accreditation and the second in Iowa to receive this distinction.

Read this before you do your taxes!

Since 1982, when the Iowa legislature created the Fish and Wildlife Fund Tax Check-off, Iowans have been able to bring a little wildness into the tax season. The Fish and Wildlife Tax Check-off, affectionately called the Chickadee Checkoff was created to allow people to make a charitable donation to wildlife conservation in Iowa out of their tax refunds or by tacking a few dollars on to any taxes owed.  When filling out the state income tax form, just look for the contribution line (usually somewhere between lines 55-60) and write in any dollar amount next to Fish/Wildlife.

All the money contributed through the Chickadee Checkoff helps support the Wildlife Diversity Program at the Iowa DNR.  This program has statewide responsibility for all the wildlife that can’t be hunted, fished, or trapped from Peregrine Falcons to Poweshiek Skipperling butterflies.  You can learn more about the program on their website: www.iowadnr.gov/wildlifediversity.

Please consider donating to the Chickadee Checkoff this tax season and supporting wildlife conservation in Iowa!

Partnering with Goodshop.com

Bur Oak Land Trust has formed an exciting partnership with goodshop.com! Support our cause while getting easy access to the best values and deals on the web. Make sure to choose Bur Oak Land Trust when shopping at 5,000+ stores and save up to 20%, which will be donated to our efforts. Invite your friends to support Goodshop and even more will be donated to Bur Oak Land Trust. Use this link for easy access: Goodshop. Our loyal patrons have received terrific savings at Adagio Teas, CheapOStay, and the World Soccer Shop.

Wondering what to do with your stuff?

Bur Oak Land Trust has an account at STUFF, Etc. Quality Consignment Stores located at 1027 Hwy 6E, Iowa City OR 2818 Commerce Drive, Coralville. All you have to do to assist Bur Oak Land Trust is ask that the proceeds from the sale of your items go to Bur Oak Land Trust.

Wish List

Due to member requests as to how they may assist Bur Oak Land Trust, a WISH LIST has been compiled. Wish List pdf
For details or more information, please feel free to contact us at 1-319-338-7030 or info@buroaklandtrust.org
Thank you VERY much for your support!