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Forward Thinking

Des Moines County Conservation adding land for public use.

July 20, 2014

Des Moines county Conservation director Chris Lee is as happy as a kid turned loose in a Toys R Us. Lee rightfully took pleasure in announcing to the board of supervisors last week that the final piece of the funding pie is in place for his department to purchase a 232-acre plot of ground on the north side of Burlington to create a natural habitat and, eventually, an Aldo Leopold interpretive Center.

Archeologists to survey 2.5 miles of proposed Flint River Trail


June 12, 2014

A 2.5-mile stretch of the Flint River Trail will be surveyed for archeological artifacts before construction begin. Des Moines County supervisors approved the $30,000 mandated expenditure at a meeting on tuesday.


Flint River Trail Bike Ride set Saturday

Riders may take a long route or a short one

June 6, 2014

Bike Burlington, Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission and Des Moines County Conservation will host a Flint River Trail Bike Ride on Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day. The event will include a short and long bike ride...

Des Moines County Conservation brings nature closer

Several preserves offer an opportunity to renew relationship with nature

March 2, 2014

Those who feel at one with nature hardly ever feel bereft because they feel enveloped and part of creation, a larger container but similar to the womb. Cultivating this relationship with Mother Nature is getting harder and more important...

Bike routes and trails program saved from budget cuts

Goal is to finish the 20-mile trail connecting Burlington's riverfront to Big Hollow

February 10, 2014

Burlington budget talks - what should be cut, how it will affect services, and how necessary are those services - brought bike routes and trails within scissors range Thursday...

Trail hits halfway point

Flint River Trail opens new 9-mile stretch as effort continues

October 10, 2013

It was a long time coming. After a decade of planning, fundraising, and a few setbacks, a significant portion of the eventual 20-mile Flint River Trail opened to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning...

Flint River Trail halfway complete

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Wednesday

October 4, 2013

The Flint River Trail is halfway done, and local officials plan on celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday...

State allows bikes in Starr's Cave park

Board's move completes connection for Flint River Trail

July 28, 2012

The last piece of the puzzle finally fell into place Tuesday to complete the 20-mile-long Flint River Trail in Des Moines County, the longest hiking and biking trail in eastern Iowa...

First stretch of Flint River Trail open

Next phase of operation expected to start this summer

May 5, 2012

Resting his elbows on the handles of his bicycle, Bob Glaser peered through reflective lenses at the Flint River Trail. "I've been looking forward to this," he said, edging his bike closer...

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