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The Marshall County Conservation Board and the family of Julie Pickard are at an impasse.

At a Monday meeting, Pickard, her brother Brian and her mother Barbara presented their argument to purchase 7.1 acres of Eden township.

The board, knowing the Heart of Iowa path will go through that land, are reluctant to part with it.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Trails and Greenways Director Andrea Boulton said such situations are not uncommon with recreational paths.

“We’ve seen trails with gaps and it takes a long time for those gaps to find solutions,” she said. “It’s important to note the Heart of Iowa nature trail is more than just a path. It’s a great regional asset to these communities here in Marshall and Story counties.”


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