Welcome to LandScope Iowa

The LandScope America website is a work in progress. In addition to comprehensive nationwide information, like much of what you can already find via the map viewer, we will include extensive state-by-state information, found on state home pages like this one. Because Iowa is one of many states where we are still working to develop all of the needed maps, stories and other content, currently you’ll find only summary information here. For an example of completed state content, visit the home pages of our five pilot states: Colorado, Florida, Maine, Virginia and Washington

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Conservation Overview

  • Iowa Conservation Summary

    Iowa has been called "The Land Between Two Rivers," with the Mississippi River forming its eastern boundary and the Missouri River its western. Between these mighty rivers lie a variety of natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, savanna, deciduous forests, and various wetlands, lakes, streams and smaller rivers. Many of these habitats have been lost to farming and development, but Iowans are working to conserve their rich natural heritage.

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Conservation Priorities in Iowa

  • Iowa Wildlife Action Plan

    In a landscape dominated by private agriculture, resource management on Iowa's public lands is necessarily intense, and cooperation with private landowners is essential to preserving the state's remaining fish, wildlife, forests, waters and grasslands. The state's wildlife action plan focuses on meeting the needs of 296 species of greatest conservation need while also aiming to "keep common species common."

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