General Interest Article
The Iowa State Preserves System gives the highest protection afforded by law to sites "dedicated for maintenance as nearly as possible in [their] natural condition." To date, ninety sites have been dedicated as biological, geological, archaeological, scenic, or historic preserves, declaring that such use is the site's "highest, best, and most important use for the public benefit" (State Preserves Act of 1965). In a state as dramatically altered as Iowa, such remnants are of intense interest to professional and amateur naturalists of all inclinations, as well as to anyone who appreciates nature. Yet understanding the basic qualities of these preserve sites is not always easy. Even finding them has sometimes been difficult-at least it was until publication of The Guide to Iowa's State Preserves, released late in 2001 by the University of Iowa Press.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 2002 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Mutel, Cornelia F.
"Book Review - The Guide to Iowa's State Preserves,"
The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 109:
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol109/iss1/11