Natural Resources and Zoo

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- Saylorville Lake

Saylorville Lake is located on the Des Moines River in central Iowa, just north of the city of Des Moines. In addition to providing flood control, this 26,000 acre project fulfills a truly multipurpose role. The reservoir provides a minimum downstream river flow for water supply and water quality during drought periods. Park Rangers actively manage the natural resources, conserving river, woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Saylorville staff, volunteers and contractors take pride in offering quality outdoor recreation including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more.

Midwest Groundcovers LLC

Midwest Groundcovers LLC is an industry leader in the propagation, growing, and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. The company operates over 300 acres of state-of-the-art nursery production facilities at five locations in St. Charles, Illinois, Virgil, Illinois, and Glenn, Michigan. Each year, these facilities produce millions of containerized plants including more than 100 different ground cover varieties; over 250 species of Local Eco-Type Native Plants identified as Natural Garden Natives™, in addition to 140 regional Midwest native species of which some are naturally occurring selections; more than 500 varieties of perennials and ornamental grasses; and over 170 varieties of deciduous shrubs, native shrubs, broadleaf evergreens, hardy shrub roses, conifers, and vines.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore Iowa's land, water and wildlife. INHF is the only nonprofit working statewide to establish and expand public parks, trails and wildlife areas, and is active in collaborating to improve public policy and public funding for land conservation and water quality, especially at the state and federal level. INHF has an outstanding capacity for communications, education, and project fundraising.

Rainbow Treecare

Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements was created to provide reliable tools, backed by science, to benefit arborist practitioners and the tree health care industry. The industry is a growing market and our arborceutical products and services are shipped across the nation to a variety of clients including cities, tree care companies, lawn and landscape businesses, federal government agencies, golf courses and even national parks.

ISU College of Veterinary Medicine

About the College As the nation’s first public veterinary school, Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in its heritage while shaping the future of veterinary professional practice, education, research and service. Fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the enhancement of health and well-being of animals and human beings. In order for us to carry out our mission, the college focuses on students within our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and our various graduate programs in each of our five academic departments – Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and Veterinary Pathology. The college also offers combined advanced degree programs for concurrent DVM students including the Masters of Business Administration with Iowa State’s College of Business and the Masters of Public Health with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. On a daily basis we address the health of all animals including livestock, poultry, companion animals, equine, captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic animals, and birds. Researchers in the college have a global impact on not only animal health, but human health and food safety.

Story County Conservation Board

Connecting people with nature and improving natural resources -- making Story County a great place to live, work, and recreate. SCC manages over 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation and takes an active role in developing and managing wildlife habitat throughout the county, including assistance to private landowners. SCC also oversees the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program.

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