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  • Linh Ta
  • Fri March 04 2022
  • Posted Mar 7

Conservationists are warning that a bill going through the Iowa Legislature could stifle public entities' efforts to build bike trails, protect waterways and open new parks.

Driving the news: Senate File 2312 caps how much county conservation boards and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are allowed to spend to acquire public land.

  • The bill was originally proposed back in 2019, but died.

Between the lines: The spending cap is under market value — meaning property owners who want to sell may feel less inclined to accept offers from conservationists.

State of play: The ability to buy land from willing sellers is important in a fast-growing metro like Des Moines, said Rich Leopold, executive director of Polk County Conservation.


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