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Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation & Development (IHRC&D) serves a six county region in central Iowa, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, Madison, Warren and Marion counties.  Our organization provides the latest news, information, project updates and resources for the central Iowa six county area.  Our mission is to provide, help and assist communities in achieving healthy social, economic and natural resource outcomes by improving lives, sustaining the environment and creating economic engines throughout the region.  In 1994, the Iowa Heartland Resource, Conservation & Development, Inc. was organized as a 501 (c)(3). Its goals and continuing objectives are to enhance rural areas and local communities by facilitating grassroots efforts and partnerships for conservation and sustainable development. We’re here to help you, your organization, business and community achieve and make a greater positive impact!


  • Program Areas

    Iowa Heartland RC&D offers a wide variety of programs and initiatives. IHRCD offers everything from Arts and Cultural opportunities to Historic Preservation information. To learn more about our wide variety of programs, click the link below.

    Program Areas
  • Breaking News

    New Central Iowa Trail Map! 2nd Edition Central Iowa Trails Map available now. For a digital version click here. To request a copy by mail, please email GayLea@IHRCD.org. A suggested donation of $3 per copy may be made through our Paypal account.
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    Consider making a tax deductible donation to the Iowa Heartland RC&D and to several worthy projects. Donate now!

  • Current Projects

    Central Iowa Trail Maps Available Now

    Trail Map

    2nd Edition Central Iowa Trails Map available now. For a digital version click here.

    To request a copy by mail, please email GayLea@IHRCD.org. A suggested donation of $3 per copy may be made through our Paypal account; please type "map" in the notes.

    For more information, contact Gay Lea Wilson, IHRC&D President, at GayLea@IHRCD.org

    Building Capacity for the Arts Culture & History

    In partnership with the Iowa League of RC&D, Iowa Heartland RC&D serves to improve our communities and stimulate economic development related to art, history and culture. Specialized assistance will be provided to local organizations (art councils, historic societies, cultural organizations) within our region. As part of this initiative, organizations are provided complimentary consulting services up to three hours from IHRC&D, information relating to funding opportunities and grants, and other services mutually identified.

    University of Iowa Partnership

    This is a collaborative effort with the University of Iowa in outreach & engagement efforts to provide technical assistance to cultural organizations. Areas of focus include conducting trainings to develop volunteer skills; develop strategic plans for your organization; assist with capacity building and fund raising/grant writing; and support regional art and/or cultural events.

    For more information on how you can get involved, contact Ann Wolf at Ann.Wolf@IHRCD.ORG or call 515.321.9070.