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Conservation

Otter Creek Lake restoration project takes off

The November meeting of the Tama County Board of Conservation featured more good news in regard to the ongoing Otter Creek Lake Restoration project – a project that began over a year ago and is finally full steam ahead. “As you can see, a lot happened since the last time you all were ...

Dysart’s urban forest preserve takes shape

Progress continues on Dysart’s Viola Irvine Nature Preserve – a thickly wooded, 2-acre parcel of land on the southeast side donated to the City last April by local conservationist Cathy Irvine – with new pathways, concrete pads, and tree plantings sprouting up recently. While the planned ...

North Tama eighth graders visit Irvine Prairie

Students from Jean Matzen’s North Tama Schools eighth grade science classes visited the Irvine Prairie located in rural Dysart on a blustery Friday afternoon earlier this month. Members of the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center (TPC) – including Plant Materials Program ...

Contractor back on site for Otter Creek Lake Restoration project

While the matter of the Otter Creek Lake Restoration project has been ‘old business’ for the Tama County Board of Conservation for some time now, with contactor Rachel Construction finally back on-site in the park as of last week, that old business has become welcome news. “As you saw ...

Otter Creek Lake restoration set to restart in November

It was a moment of long-awaited good news for members of the Tama Co. Board of Conservation this past Wednesday, Sept. 21 during the board’s regular meeting as director Stephen Mayne was at last able to put a date to the official restart of the 70-acre Otter Creek Lake Restoration ...

Tama Co. Conservation wraps up several projects, looks ahead

With several projects nearing completion and the lake restoration’s final phase finally on the horizon, Tama County Conservation discussed several possible future projects during the August 17 board meeting held at Otter Creek Lake & Park Nature Center. During the meeting, Director ...

Prairie passion earns Irvine 2022 Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year

A commitment to creating wildlife habitat on her farm and sharing it with others led Cathy Irvine of Dysart to be named 2022 Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year at the Conservation Districts of Iowa Annual Conference today in Ames. Like many widowed farmwives, Irvine felt overwhelmed ...

Tomlinsons, Kubiks, Mitchells to be honored as Century Farms

Three separate Tama County farm families are set to be honored on Thursday, August 18, at the Iowa State Fair with Century Farm designations including Mark and Cindy Tomlinson and Dallas and Kaitlyn Tomlinson of Traer (est. 1911); Ray and Jo Ellen Kubik and family of Traer (est. 1908); and ...

An afternoon on the farm

On Friday, July 22, U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) visited with members of the Tama County chapter of Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) on a farm near Traer. Hinson met with Tama County WLL founder Melody Bro and farmer-member Rebecca Dostal, who opened her farm alongside her husband Calvin. ...