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For Lands' Sake Tours June 4, 3:30 PM - Nelson/Johnson tour: The Nelson walk will highlight some native prairie plants as well as Oak Savanna natives. Our timber floor has successfully burned for 3 years in a row. We have also had some thinning done with some clearing of down trees. This tour will provide a side-by-side comparison of a managed timber to the North of the driveway with an overgrown mess to the South. As I am still learning to ID native plants myself, some you are sure to see are Purple Milk Weed, Lead Plant, Jack in the Pulpit, Green Dragon Plant, a variety of sedges, and many more. Most of the terrain is hilly, so please come prepared with proper walking shoes and a walking stick if preferred. There will be prairie remnant on both sides of the fence. The Johnson property has been managed for 20+ years. DIRECTIONS: 2533 290th Street Peru, just SW of the town of Peru (located SE of Winterset). Take Peru Road to the stop sign in the town of Peru. Turn South on Odell Ave. Odell Ave. will quickly turn into Brown Street. Proceed West on Brown Street out of town (the road will turn into Gravel). The gravel road will come to a Y intersection. Stay to the right of the Y intersection to continue West on 290th Street. You will immediately notice a house to the North. Our driveway is just past the house on the North, just before you reach the bridge. There is a sign with our Name and address at the entrance of the driveway. June 25, 3:30 PM - The Shirm property and two adjoining pieces, managed for 20+ years primarily for hunting. A very high quality landscape with diverse remnants, savannas, and a prairie reconstruction. Details will be provided nearer the date.

Next SIOSA board meeting

Thursday, August 3, 7:00 PM at Decatur County Courthouse in Leon.

About Us


Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance (SIOSA) is a non profit organization involved in the preservation and conservation of Iowa’s oak savanna, oak woodland and prairie ecosystem.

SIOSA’s mission is to promote community awareness and restore public and private lands to re-establish the oak savanna landscape that once dominated the countryside more than 50 years ago.

Organized in 2004, SIOSA continues to work in partnership with the public, multiple federal agencies, and conservation authorities to secure funds to enhance Iowa’s natural landscape.

Click here to view SIOSA Priority Area Map

SIOSA STRATEGIC PLAN

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Goal One Conserve Native Ecosystems
– Objective 1: Protect existing oak savanna, remnant prairie and wetlands to preserve native flora and fauna diversity
– Objective 2: Restore degraded oak savanna, remnant prairie and wetlands to preserve increase viable populations of native flora and fauna
– Objective 3: Maintain existing and restored savanna, remnant prairie and wetlands to maintain or increase native flora and fauna populations and      diversity and to provide sustainable recreational opportunities for landowners and the general public
– Objective 4: Design all conservation projects to restrict the introduction or spread of invasive species to benefit native ecosystems
Strategies
A) Establish 5-year restoration targets for each priority area
B) Identify quality remnant ecosystems using GIS technology and field research
C) Identify strategic focus areas to grow the program
D) Promote long-term or permanent conservation easements to protect restored and maintained projects
E) Establish a protocol for identifying, monitoring and controlling invasive species on project sites and potential project sites
 
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Goal Two Improve Knowledge of Native Ecosystems
– Objective 1: Communicate effectively through various media
Strategies
A) Submit newspaper articles (local and state-wide) and maintain good     website posts (get ISU contractor list on website – link to ISU            extension)
B) Share newsletter with other organizations that support ecosystem     management
C) Create SIOSA social network page
D) Create programs for youth and youth group
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– Objective 2: Provide educational opportunities for various target audiences
Strategies
A) Work towards the development of a learning center
B) Promote workshops for landowners, contractors, partners and congress
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– Objective 3: Research temporal and spatial change that occur on restored sites
Strategies
A) Create a standardized methodology for assessing woodland condition prior to and after restoration efforts
B) Review scientific articles of relevance to native ecosystem restoration and management
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– Objective 4: Get graduate students involved in restoration efforts
Strategy
A) Find grants, WHIP, REAP, Non Federal Funding
 
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Goal Three Strengthen Network Relations
– Objective 1: Expanding partnerships
Strategies
A) Marketing (woodland associations Iowa coalition for woodlands)
B) Outreach and multi-county/state
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– Objective 2: Maintain partnerships
Strategies
A) Create partner links page on the SIOSA website to increase communication and share information on restoration projects, upcoming workshops and research sites
B) Target marketing to specific audiences
C) Increase communication with contractors throughout entire restoration process (planning stages…)
D) Create a forum to increase partner communication
E) Provide annual reports to stakeholders
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Goal Four Expanding Funding Sources
– Objective 1: Find multiple sources of sustainable funding
Strategies
A) Find new grant opportunities for restoration funds, educational programs, learning center and paid staff
B) Utilize USDA programs such as WHIP and EQIP for restoration work
C) Utilize REAP funds form the State for restoration and educational     activities
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– Objective 2: Form a sustainable funding committee
Strategy
A) Look into the Development Foundation
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– Objective 3: Increase membership
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– Objective 4: Develop staffing plan and funding strategy
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Goal 5 Promote Prescribed Fire
– Objective 1: Increase training opportunities
Strategy
A) Sponsor workshop (consistent dates) fall and spring
B) USFWS will provide/organize S-130/190 training opportunities
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– Objective 2: Promote burn association
Strategies
A) Develop volunteer fire department workshop
B) SIOSA sponsored burn association/committee – landowners or SIOSA     must take the lead to start a private burn association
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– Objective 3: Increase prescribed burn knowledge and capacity for Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD)
Strategies
A) Provide multiple workshops in SIOSA projects areas
B) Find funding sources for VFD equipment and gear
C) Communicate effectively with VFDs on Prescribed Fire issues and      opportunities for partnerships

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SIOSA BOARD MINUTES

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