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Click here to learn more about our oral history project titled Reflections of Louisa Resource Area


A message from the Tri-Rivers Board President

One of our most precious natural resources, undeveloped rural land, is slipping away unbeknownst to much of the population. The rate of rural land lost to development in the 1990s was about 2.2 million acres per year. If this rate continues to the year 2050 – when today’s toddlers are middle-aged – the United States will have lost an additional 110 million acres of rural countryside. That’s about equal to the combined areas of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

The conservation movement, which leads the effort to protect these areas and other vital natural resources, is a public-private partnership dependent on strong leaders and engaged voters. Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation works at the grassroots level, providing financial support to organizations that directly educate the public, especially children, regarding the importance of sound environmental policies and practices and ways that individuals can positively impact their environment.

Since its founding in 1991, Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation has invested over $200,000 in organizations involved in preservation, development or study of natural and cultural resources in the Louisa Resource Area. A major focus has been the Langwood Education Center and Camp, a facility run by Louisa County Conservation Board (LCCB). Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation has helped support LCCB’s development of this facility by contributing funds for land acquisition, installation of high and low ropes courses and a multi-faceted makeover in 2004. The project that currently gets the most attention is the Louisa Interpretive Center, a facility planned for the forty acres adjoining Langwood. Please click on Interpretive Center on the main menu to learn more about this ambitious project.

Louisa County has tremendous potential in the area of conservation education. As board members of Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation we have come to understand the power of catalyzing conservation efforts by supporting organizations that directly impact the public, especially children. As our country becomes more urban and fewer people are familiar with natural areas and their importance, we feel that it is imperative that organizations such as ours continue to make conservation a priority and to facilitate the work of environmental educators.

Through annual contributions by individuals and organizations we can do our part to further the conservation movement. Please consider becoming a supporter of Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation.

Al Bohling, President


Our Mission

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit organization established in 1991. Its purpose is to provide funds for the protection and enhancement of the natural resources  in the environmentally rich area of the confluences of the Cedar, Iowa and Mississippi Rivers in eastern Iowa. The Foundation will employ enjoyment and use of these resources to educate and instill an appreciation for good land stewardship. It will seek to distribute private funds to carefully chosen public, civic, institutional and quasi-public projects.