At the annual “Gift to Iowa’s Future Day” ceremony at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday, March 11, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other officials recognized 25 landowners, families and organizations for their gifts of conservation land, land value and conservation easements in 2013. These gifts, totaling more than $6 million, protected 2,800 acres in 21 counties. Rahn and Dorian Savage of Lynnville assisted in protecting 93 acres of floodplain and riparian woodland in Mahaska County through a bargain sale to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The North Skunk River runs through the middle of the property, and wetland reconstruction will be done on the property, providing habitat for migrating waterfowl. INHF will eventually transfer the property to Mahaska CCB, who will then continue wildlife management on the property.