Who We Are

1000 Friends of Iowa, founded in 1998, is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on land use education. Our mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland & natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns & cities and improve quality of life for future generations.

  • Speak Out Against the Bakken Oil Pipeline

    A Texas company is proposing a 343-mile underground pipeline to cut diagonally across 17 Iowa counties on its path from North Dakota to Illinois. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has proposed the pipeline will span four states for a total length of 1,134 miles carrying 570,000 barrels of crude oil each day from the Bakken oil […]
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  • Farma-Save Set Finds Home in Iowa City

    Thanks to Board President John Morrissey, and the property owners who agreed to host them, a set of our popular Farma-Save signs were delivered and installed at their new home on Newport Road just west of Highway 1 in Iowa City. Our Farma-Save Signs are a popular way to raise awareness of land use issues […]
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  • View Five Decades of Land Use Changes

    In October, the Iowa DNR announced completion of a mapping system showing five decades of changes to the landscape. The public can view how development and urbanization has changed, growth patterns in their communities, and much more. Read the press release from the Iowa DNR to appreciate the work that went into this project, and […]
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  • Awards Program Redefines How Sustainable Projects are Recognized

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 11, 2014 Media Contact: Siobhan Spain, 515-707-2783, awards@1000friendsofiowa.org Awards Program Redefines How Sustainable Projects are Recognized It’s not just for green building: 1000 Friends of Iowa’s Best Development Awards program helps raise awareness of the wide-ranging efforts happening across the state that enrich our economy, environment and social well-being. DES MOINES, […]
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  • Field Trip to Griffieon Family Farm

    The Raising Arrows Homeschool Co-op visited the Griffieon Family Farm on September 11, 2014. It was cold – but the kids didn’t seem to mind! The chickens, turkeys, horses, buildings and machinery captivated the class. They even enjoyed a little free time in the field! The sights, smells and feel of life on a farm create memories and help […]
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  • We Want to Hear From You!

    Do you have ideas or suggestions for Land Use Bulletin articles? Are there issues, improvements, or events happening in your community that require action, deserve recognition, or could use publicity? Please share your thoughts, ideas and news with us by sending an email to kfoi@1000friendsofiowa.org!
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  • LaVon Griffieon Talks Land Use On River to River

    1000 Friends of Iowa’s co-founder and Interim Executive Director, LaVon Griffieon, appeared on River to River to discuss various land use issues facing Iowa. Click here to listen to the interview and to read the accompanying article.
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  • MPO Extends Deadline for Public Comments

    The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host an additional public comment open house on Wednesday, October 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the MPO office located at 420 Watson Powell Jr. Parkway, Suite 200 in downtown Des Moines. Comments on the plan will be accepted through Wednesday, November 19 and can […]
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