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Group raises $8.2M to preserve land along East Lake Okoboji

An area of shoreline and adjacent land on the east side of East Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa....
An area of shoreline and adjacent land on the east side of East Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation raised $8.2 million to purchase the 50 acres and preserve it as the last largely undeveloped plot of land on the lake's shore.(Courtesy: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 3:23 PM CDT
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A preservation group has raised enough money to buy and preserve 50 acres on the East Lake Okoboji shoreline in northwest Iowa.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation announced Tuesday it had raised $8.2 million to buy the land near Spirit Lake. The Sioux City Journal reports the land being purchased includes 2,020 feet of natural shoreline, which is the last undeveloped and privately owned stretch along the lake.

The foundation plans to begin an ecological restoration of the shoreline but will allow low-impact public use, including trails that connect to an adjacent state park.

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