The Ottumwa Courier

October 23, 2013

Outdoor recreation, conservation focus of REAP meeting


Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — Southeast Iowans will have a chance to shape the future of Iowa’s conservation and outdoor recreation when the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assembly comes to the Fairfield Library today.

REAP is a program that provides grants for and encourages enhancing and protecting Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Meetings are being held across the state.

The assembly will begin with an open house from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6:30-8 p.m., where Iowans can to voice ideas for changes and modifications to REAP and its programs.

Participants at each assembly will elect five members to the REAP Congress that will meet at the State Capitol on Jan. 4 to discuss conservation topics such as soil conservation, water quality and outdoor recreation.

Next year is the 25th anniversary of REAP, so meetings will reflect on REAP’s accomplishments and look to the future.

REAP received $16 million for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013, to June 2014). In addition to projects that enhance and protect resources, funding also goes to enhance soil and water quality, historic preservation, roadside vegetation and several other programs that are beneficial to Iowa. REAP has funded projects in every county in Iowa.