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Iowa tallgrass prairie restoration project triples in size

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

When Cathy Irvine's husband died, she was left with hundreds of acres of land and no children to leave it to.

With a love of conservation she shared with her husband, she decided to donate 77 acres to the Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center restoration project. Recently, she tripled that donation to more than 300 acres.

She and the center's director Laura Jackson join Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to discuss the impact this project will have on Iowa. Later, Caylin Jayde, of Cedar Falls, is spreading environmental awareness through art.


  • Laura Jackson, professor of Biology, director of the Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center
  • Cathy Irvine, retired school teacher
  • Caylin Jayde, local artist
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa