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Oct. 28 Meeting Critical for Local Outdoor Projects
Posted: October 23, 2009

DES MOINES - The welfare of our local natural and cultural resources is riding on the number of people who attend an Oct. 28 gathering in Des Moines, according to Iowa DNR Director Richard Leopold.

The meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 4343 George Flagg Parkway, concerns the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. In the last 20 years, REAP has pumped more than $22.6 million into your 7-county area, with money going to local parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education. Statewide, it has been a $250 million benefit to the outdoors and historic preservation.

"REAP funding is highly important to city, county and state conservation programs, and for the last two years the Iowa Legislature has been generous with $18 million per year. The money comes from gamblers, 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 the program," said Leopold.

"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 Des Moines," he said. "You will find it well worth your time as you make REAP better and stronger, right here in your own back yard."

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. For more information, please visit www.iowareap.com.
 
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