Monday, June 19, 2023

MidAmerican to donate 35-acre property to state for public conservation area in Woodbury County

DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 15, 2023) – MidAmerican Energy will donate a 35-acre Woodbury County property to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be used as a public conservation area.

The parcel, located four miles south of Sioux City near Salix, includes a five-acre ponded area. The land has been graded to attract wildlife and seeded with a high diversity mix of more than 60 species of native wildflowers and grasses to create a pollinator habitat.

“MidAmerican has prepared this property for pollinators and wildlife to inhabit and the public to enjoy,” Mike Fehr, senior vice president of renewable generation and compliance, said. “Environmental respect is one of MidAmerican’s core principles. We’re pleased with how this project is taking shape. As grasses grow, flowers bloom and wildlife moves in, we think the public will be pleased as well.”

Last week, the state’s Natural Resource Commission voted to accept the land donation and proceed with finalizing the transfer. Once complete, the DNR will own and manage the property as public land.

"The site that MidAmerican has offered to donate will be an easily accessed outdoor recreation opportunity for a lot of people, given its proximity to several local communities and the Bridgeport Industrial Park,” Doug Chafa, DNR wildlife biologist, said. “Access to outdoor recreation is an important quality of life consideration for families deciding where to live and work, as well as for companies trying to recruit employees."

Donated parcel complements other local MidAmerican conservation projects
The land donation is the latest of several MidAmerican conservation efforts in the area.

Nearby, the 600-acre Brown’s Lake in Woodbury County’s Bigelow Park is experiencing a resurgence in large part because of MidAmerican's efforts. Late last year the company, in partnership with the DNR and Woodbury County Conservation Board, raised the lake's level by relocating and increasing pumped water flowing into to the lake. The higher level helped increase recreation at the lake, including fishing, boating, swimming and camping at the park.

MidAmerican also leases two parcels to the DNR near Brown’s Lake, totaling nearly 175 acres, which the state uses as wildlife management areas.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 813,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 789,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at and company social media channels.