MASON CITY ñ Outdoor and historical interests will have the chance to shape the future of Iowa’s premiere outdoor recreation and conservation funding program ñ REAP ñ at a Sept. 28 gathering in Mason City.
The Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, has a 20-year, $250 million funding history for parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education, according to Tammie Krausman, DNR’s REAP coordinator.
“If you enjoy public trails and wild areas, fishing and clean water, or you’re an Iowa history buff, consider this a must-attend event in Mason City,” she said. “You will find it well worth your time as you make REAP better and stronger, right here in your own back yard.”
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with an open house showcasing REAP’s vast impact on the region. The assembly will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. all at the Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City.
In the last 22 years, REAP has pumped $8.9 million into local parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education. Statewide, it has been a $260 million benefit to the outdoors and historic preservation.
“REAP funding is highly important to city, county and state conservation programs, last year the Iowa Legislature appropriated $12 million. The money comes from gaming, not from the state general fund. We need lots of people at our REAP Assembly to show we appreciate the funding, and to recommend ways to improve outdoor recreation and conservation,” said Krausman.
Participants will hear how REAP has spent money in their area, and they can make recommendations on REAP policy, programs and funding. The REAP assembly also includes election of five local delegates to attend the REAP Congress in Des Moines in January.
The Mason City meeting is Sept. 28 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the Open House and 6:30-8:00 p.m. for the Assembly at the Lime Creek Nature Center at 3501 Lime Creek Road.