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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation raising funds for the East Okoboji Lake Shoreline Project

Tue 7-20-2021 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-Fundraising efforts are underway for the East Okoboji Shoreline Protection Project. KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation raising funds for the East Okoboji Lake Shoreline Project 

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has secured an option to purchase a parcel of property on the East Okoboji shore.

Director of Philanthropy, Abby Hade Terpstra says, the project is called the East Okoboji Lake Shoreline Protection Project.  "There are 50 acres on the East Okoboji Lake shoreline, the last 2,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline that's privately held.  It's up for sale and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation secured an option to purchase, but what we need to do is raise funds to secure that purchase by Labor Day.  So, we are actively campaigning to help protect this 50 acres, help keep that shoreline a natural space, keep it out of development."

She says pledges are being accepted at this time.  "You can imagine, with that amount of shoreline, it's got a pretty high price on it.  So, it's $8.2 million is our fundraising goal. We are soliciting pledges right now, so if people want to let us know that they are willing to commit to help protect this area, we can accept a pledge online at inhf.org or you can give me a call, Abby Terpstra, at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and I'd be glad to talk through pledge options."

Listen to the full interview:

2021 Clean Water Connection Segment 7 Abby Hade Terpstra with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation discusses the East Okoboji Lake Shoreline Protection Project 

For more on the East Okoboji Shore Project click here