(Area) There's an effort underway, exploring the idea of federal protection, of western Iowa's Loess Hills. Rich Pope of I-S-U's Extension Office in Harrison County says the Loess Hills Alliance has been gauging public sentiment about the area possibly being designated a national reserve- with a key distinction- more than 90% of it is owned privately...and it would likely stay that way.
"There's a lot of natural areas around the country that are in the federal government's ownership or control or in state government ownership and out in the Loess Hills it's predominantly landowners."
Pope says some land-owners oppose the idea, while others are more receptive. The Loess Hills Alliance has held public meetings in seven counties, to gather input. There's no time-table on when the idea, or even "If" the idea would ever advance.
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