Johnson County Historic Poor Farm Natural Areas Restoration

Services Provided

  • Documentation Review
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • GIS Data Collection & Mapping
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Habitat
  • Conservation Management Planning

Client

Johnson County

Location

Iowa City, Iowa

Project Completion

2020 – Present

Reference

First opened in 1855, the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm (HPF) is one of the few remaining relatively intact examples of the county farm model established in the 19th Century. In line with former HPF master planning, Impact7G aims “to preserve and elevate the health and diversity of species within the Historic Poor Farm of Johnson County, Iowa, and to nurture the stability and natural abundance of the land; promoting the ecosystem services that supported historic land use as well as encouraging the natural regenerative processes of soil, water, and biotic life.”

Our four-phase approach will culminate in a seven-year plan that defines management units with defined goals, efforts, an action timeline, and estimated budget for implementation. Our restoration experts led a collaborative process involving the Board of Supervisors and other stakeholders to determine appropriate land management for the 175-acre complex, all within the historic anthropogenic and ecologic context of the HPF.  

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