Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 691
Whiterock Conservancy
Records, 2005-2011


Descriptive summary

creator: Whiterock Conservancy
title: Records
dates: 2005-2011
extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)
collection number: MS 691
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Whiterock Conservancy Records, MS 691, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Abstract

Whiterock Conservancy, established by the Garst family, is a nonprofit land trust in Iowa dedicated to conserving and protecting Iowa’s natural resources. The Conservancy practices sustainable rural land management and connects the public to the environment through outdoor recreation and education. The collection documents the activities of the Conservancy through news clippings, newsletters, literary material, and correspondence.

 

Historical note

Whiterock Conservancy is an Iowa nonprofit landtrust which focuses on land management, environmental conservation, outdoor recreation activities, sustainable agriculture, conservation, recreation and environmental education, and stewardship of the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead Historic Distric. Located near Coon Rapids, the property encompasses seven miles along the Middle Racoon River and is focused on biodiversity and sustainability. Situated along its 5,000 adjoining acres are prairie, wetland, woodland, oak savannah and riparian zones.

Whiterock Conservancy offers a variety of outdoor activities to help people reconnect with the outdoors and learn about Iowa's landscape. Recreational activities include fishing, hiking, bird watching, volleyball, horseshoes, and croquet. Other activities include workshops, tours, the Khrushchev History Talk, and hay rides. Accommodations are available as well, consisting of bed-and-breakfast syle lodges and cottages.

The land is also used as a laboratory to find solutions to the challenges facing rural Iowa such as declines in soil health and a lack of perennial land cover. Serving as an advocate for the Middle Raccoon River, the Conservancy works to improve the Middle Raccon River Wathershed's health.

 

Collection description

The collection (2005-2011) documents the activities of the Conservancy through news clippings, newsletters, literary material, and correspondence.

 

Organization

The collection is arranged chronologically.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

Newsletter "Update"

2005

1

2

News Clippings

2008

1

3

Newsletter "Open Spaces"

2009-2011

1

4

Program "Ode to the Whiterock Conservancy" Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition by Nancy Thompson

2010 circa

1

5

Donor Correspondence

2011