Iowa foundation’s grant aids grassland purchase

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City-based foundation’s grant will enable expansion of the Broken Kettle Grassland Preserve in northwest Iowa.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1cnmO5s ) the Gilchrist Foundation awarded $103,410 to the Nature Conservancy to help buy and restore 22 acres in the northwest corner of the Plymouth County preserve. The land will aid the conservancy’s bison herd, which in turn plays a key role in preserving the grassland.

The conservancy began buying property in the area in 1993 and now owns 3,217 acres at Broken Kettle.

The organization introduced 28 bison to Broken Kettle in 2008 to control invasive plants and create habitat for other animals. There now are more than 100 bison, and the conservancy hopes to acquire land to maintain 250 of the animals.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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