The Quad City Times has a story about Big Sand Mound, one of Iowa’s significant nature areas, opening for tours on June 16. The 510-acre preserve is owned by Mid-American Energy Company (420 acres) and Monsanto (90 acres). The two companies undertake research and restoration activities at the site.
The preserve was created in the late 1970s, and is part of a larger area called Muscatine Island. The preserve includes a sand prairie, sand dunes, wetlands and woodlands. The areas is a habitat for a number of rare and threatened species of animals and plants.
The preserve is also enrolled in the roster of the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council.
You can read the Quad City Times story here.