Groups hope to open Bremer County land to public

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A largely undeveloped woodland bordering the Cedar River will be opened to the public if groups can raise money to buy the land.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/Z3S5hl ) the Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America will sell the more than 140 acres near Waverly due to the organization’s requirement that all camping operations be self-sustaining.

The Bremer County Conservation Board and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation are launching a campaign to raise $560,000 for the project.

During the fundraising campaign, the property’s ownership will be transferred to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

Trees cover much of the land, which includes several miles of trails. It’s accessible by a gravel road.

Conservation board director Frank Frederick says the land is a good spot for hiking, birding and snowshoeing.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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