REAP assembly scheduled in Fairfield
DES MOINES — The public will have a chance to shape the future of Iowa’s conservation and outdoor recreation at any of the Resource Enhancement and Protection assemblies this fall.
One of the assemblies will be Oct. 24 at the Fairfield Public Library. It is for the Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties area.
Assemblies are open to the public and will have open houses from 6-6:30 p.m. The assembly will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.
REAP is a program that provides grants for and encourages enhancing and protecting Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. The assemblies will show local impacts of REAP and allow attendees to voice ideas for changes and modifications to REAP and its programs.
The assemblies also will allow participants to elect five members for REAP Congress.
REAP Congress will meet Jan. 4 at the state capitol to talk about a variety of conservation topics, such as soil conservation, water quality and outdoor recreation.
Next year is the 25th anniversary of REAP, so the meetings will reflect on REAP’s accomplishments and look to the future.
“REAP is as relevant today as it was 24 years ago, and the needs are still as great,” said Tammie Krausman, Iowa DNR REAP administrator.
REAP received $16 million for fiscal year 2014, which runs fromJuly 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. In addition to projects that enhance and protect resources, funding also goes to enhance soil and water quality, historic preservation, roadside vegetation and several other programs that are beneficial to Iowa. REAP has funded projects in every county in Iowa.
The Jefferson County REAP committee chairman is Dennis Lewiston, who can be contacted at 472-4421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Van Buren County REAP committee chairman is Ted Nixon. He can be contacted at 319-530-1750 or email@example.com.
Additional meeting details can be found at: www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/REAP/REAPPublicParticipation.aspx.