Branstad Will Honor Those Who Donated Land

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad delivers the annual Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and legislators will recognize those who donated land in Iowa for permanent recreation and conservation use.

The event, called the Gift to Iowa's Future, will be at the state Capitol on Monday morning. Individuals, corporations and organizations that donated land for permanent use as parks, trail and wildlife habitats will be honored at the event.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation worked with 11 of the donors, including the Union Pacific Railroad, to identify $1.7 million worth of land for the cause.

The first Monday in April is designated as the Gift to Iowa's Future Recognition Day, an effort which started in 2008.

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