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Helpful Links to Promote Land Stewardship
 
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Local Contacts for Yellow River Watershed

  Yellow River Watershed Contacts
 

The "Primary Contacts" listed here can provide you with local assistance and information about the Yellow River Initiative, its goal and web site features. Although you are free to review the "Helpful Links" that are presented within this section, you are strongly urged to contact the "Primary Contacts" first with any inquiries. The "Watershed Coordinator" position associated with the Northeast Iowa RC&D has been specifically established to provide help to anyone seeking information, guidance, coordination and various other forms of assistance with the Yellow River Initiative and with any aspect of its implementation, as well as with similar ventures within northeast Iowa. The other listed Federal, state and county organizations are based within or near the watershed and can provide additional valuable assistance in helping you to define your needs and place as a potential partner in the Yellow River Initiative.

As stated in the title to this section, the following list of "Helpful Links" has been assembled for you as a place to begin to find additional help for your particular resource stewardship project. Within this section you will find help in the form of technical assistance, guidance, contacts and funding that can be obtained from the various governmental and non-governmental organizations listed below.

 
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Conservation Grants and Cost-share Programs
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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  Forestry
  Links to forestry-related conservation/assistance programs (Forestry/Timber Reserve, Riparian Buffers, etc.) and other informational and educational links.
  Private Lands Management
  Information and Assistance for wildlife management and habitat restoration
  REAP cost share program
     Click on Soil and Water along the left hand side for Landowner information
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Soil Conservation Division
 
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Voluntary program for restoration and improvement of wildlife habitats on private lands, offering technical and financial assistance.  
Private Stewardship Program
  The Private Stewardship Program provides grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in local, private, and voluntary conservation efforts that benefit federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species.
      
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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
 
  Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
 
  Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
 
  Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention
 
 
  Conservation Programs
  List of additional program links
 
  Iowa NRCS Programs
  Detailed list of NRCS programs and program guides for Iowa
 
USDA Forest Service
 Landowner Assistance Programs
 
  Watershed Forestry Assistance
 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Water Quality/Watershed Protection Funding and Grants  
 
Region 7 Grants
           
US Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (Section 206)
           
           
           
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Other Funding Programs
Five-Star Restoration Challenge Grants to Provide Funding for Habitat Restoration Projects
 
     Iowa Living Roadways Trust Fund Grant Application
     City, County, and State Agencies as well as private citizens and groups can apply for grants to fund roadside improvement, research, demonstration and educational projects.
 
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Water Resource Information
  Iowa Geological Survey
Aquatics on Buffalo Pond
National Park Service Photo
     Iowa’s STORET Water Quality Database (searchable database)
 
     Why Watersheds are Important: A lesson from the Rock Valley Project
 
     Yellow River Watershed Overview
 
     Agriculture and Groundwater: The View from Big Spring
 
     Monitoring Iowa’s Waters
 
     Other interesting articles about Iowa resources including maps
 
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Iowa Water Resources Science Center  
 
     Iowa USGS Data
 
Iowa State University
 
IRIS – Iowa River Information System Interactive Maps
 
     IRIS – Iowa River Information System Fish Surveys
 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Water
           
Toxic Release Inventory Program
    
     Coon Yellow Watershed Profile
           
Gray treefrog climbing a wall
National Park Service Photo
Locate Your Watershed
           
IOWAter Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring
           
     IOWAter Database Online
           
Hawkeye FlyFishing Association
Fish Kills in Iowa from Manure and Other Causes
           
Iowa Water Well Association Consumer Information
Information on well testing, maintenance and cleaning
           
           
           
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Land Management Information
Prescribed burn
National Park Service Photo
           
NRCS
Technical Assistance
List of links to NRCS Technical Publications
 
USDA Forest Service
Forest Stewardship Program
           
           
Geology and Soils Information
           
     Iowa Cooperative Soil Survey
           
Vegetation Information
     Portrait of Iowa’s Vegetation Communities
     Descriptions, maps and photos of Iowa’s major ecoregions/vegetation communities
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National Park Service Photo
 
     General Land Office (GLO) Pre-settlement Vegetation
     Descriptions and maps of Iowa’s pre-settlement vegetation reconstructed from the General Land Office surveys.
 
     Iowa's Oak Savannas
 
     Savanna Oak Foundation
 
     Iowa's Living Roadway Trust Fund
 
Wildlife Information - Iowa Department of Natural Resources
     Wildlife Bureau
           
     Trout Streams
     Lists Iowa’s Catchable and Special trout streams in Northeast Iowa.  Hickory Creek in Allamakee County is a tributary to the Yellow River.
           
Threatened and Endangered Species
     Iowa DNR List
Map turtle covering its nest
National Park Service Photo
     PDF file – requires Adobe Reader to view
           
     Federal List (FWS)
           
Invasive Species Information
     Iowa Woodland Invasive Species Inventory
     Plant ID & info as well as how to participate
           
     Wisconsin DNR Invasives on the Web
     Invasive Species list and information (includes management/removal instructions)
           
     Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas (NPS)
           
     Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW)
           
     Midwest Invasive Plants Network (MIPN)
     Includes Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan
         
    
    
    
     Invasive Species Initiative (TNC)
    
     Garlic Mustard, Serious Invader from the East
           
     Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau
     Certification and Application information
           
Historical and Archaeological  
     Allamakee County Historical Society
           
     Iowa State Historical Society
           
     Office of the State Archaeologist
           
     IMIS – Archaeological Sites
           
     University of Iowa: Calvin Photographic Collection
           
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GIS
     Information and Downloads
      
     Iowa DNR - Interactive Mapping Website
               
     Iowa Geologic Survey - GIS Map Layers for Iowa
                
USGS
GIS Map Layers for the Mississippi River
 
  Iowa Aerial Photos
 
Iowa GIS Data Sets
           
USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program
           
The National Map
The National Map is a consistent framework for geographic knowledge needed by the Nation. It provides public access to high-quality, geospatial data and information from multiple partners to help support decision-making by resource managers and the public. The National Map is the product of a consortium of Federal, State, and local partners who provide geospatial data to enhance America’s ability to access, integrate, and apply geospatial data at global, national, and local scales.
           
     Minnesota DNR
     MN DNR Data Deli - GIS Map Layers for Minnesota
    
     Other Sources
Geospatial One-Stop
An intergovernmental project managed by the Department of the Interior in support of the President's Initiative for E-government, Geospatial One Stop builds upon its partnership with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to improve the ability of the public and government to use geospatial information to support the business of government and facilitate decision-making. Through the Geospatial One Stop portal (www.geodata.gov), anyone can access geospatial information from federal agencies and a growing number of state, local, tribal and private agencies through one comprehensive and comprehensible portal.
           
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Software Downloads
     ArcExplorer  
     Free GIS Map/Data viewer
           
     ArcExplorer Version 1.1 Import Utility
     Import program for .e00 files
           
     Adobe Reader version 6.0
     Free software to view Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf file extensions)
           
     WinZip
           
     Stuffit Expander
     Another Zip program
           
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Stewardship Organizations
           
    
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
           
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Iowa
           
  Sand County Foundation
           
  Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project fosters an ethic of stewardship for farmland to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.
           
  Iowa Prairie Network
           
Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club
Faun in woodland
National Park Service Photo
 
Pheasants Forever
          
IOWAter
           
     Trout Unlimited – Iowa Driftless Chapter
           
Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association
           
Landcare US
This non-profit organization's mission is as follows: "Landcare is actively forging a private-public partnership among people who work the land, communities, businesses and governments to achieve a vision of: healthy lands, waters and wildlife; sustainable communities; and economic viability. Through this partnership, Landcare will strengthen our nation's ability to conserve natural resources, enhance profitability, and cultivate and expand a community conservation ethic."
           
Agricultural Drainage Management Systems (ADMS)
     Pilot project to reduce agricultural non-point source nutrient loads
           
     American Farmland Trust
           
     Center for Agriculture in the Environment
           
     Farmland Information Center
           
     Glynwood Center
     Glynwood Center helps communities grapple with the tension between economic development and conservation of natural and cultural resources. We provide access to innovative ideas from around the world -- and opportunities to strengthen local leadership.
           
     Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
     The Institute for Agriculture and Trade policy promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy.
           
     Ocean Arks International
     Ocean Arks International (www.oceanarks.org) is a nonprofit ecological research, education, and technological development organization. Their mission is to purify the waters of the earth, develop strategies for living more lightly on the planet, and foster the emergence of a lasting planetary culture. Today, Ocean Arks continues to explore advancements in such areas as ecological design, Living machines for treating waste and repairing damaged ecosystems, solar architecture and bio-shelters, land restoration, and promoting ecological literacy.
           
     Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
     The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in Iowa and the nation.
           
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Government Organizations
Federal
National Park Service (NPS) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) USGS EPA Region 7(Includes Iowa) 
 
NRCS USDA Forest Service Army Corps of Engineers
 
State
Iowa DNR
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Iowa Geological Survey
           
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Public Lands within the Watershed
Limestone bedrock outcrop at Hanging Rock
National Park Service Photo
     Effigy Mounds National Monument (NPS)
           
McGregor District/Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (FWS)
           
Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge (FWS)
           
     Yellow River State Forest (IDNR)
    
    
     Mountain Maple Hollow (TNC)
           
     Silos and Smokestacks
     Click on Table of Contents
Indian grass graces the prairie
National Park Service Photo
           
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Other Links of Interest
           
     IDNR Publications
           
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (USGS)
           
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (USGS)
           
           
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