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.

  • 1000 Friends Seeks Executive Director

    1000 Friends of Iowa is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to fulfill the role of executive director. The executive director serves as the primary spokesperson for 1000 Friends of Iowa and cultivates audiences to support and promote the mission and vision of the organization. We seek someone quick-witted and politically savvy, with … Continue reading 1000 Friends Seeks Executive Director
  • EPC meets tomorrow, Jan. 21 – 4″ topsoil rule needs your support!

    The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) will meet tomorrow – Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. – to consider, among other agenda items, adoption of a new  topsoil rule to replace the existing 4″ topsoil requirement. The EPC needs to hear you support the 4″ topsoil rule. The meeting will take place at the DNR Wallace … Continue reading EPC meets tomorrow, Jan. 21 – 4″ topsoil rule needs your support!
  • CSP Rule Comments Accepted Through January 20, 2015

    Have you submitted your comments  on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rule yet? This is the last chance to share your thoughts before the rule becomes final. The Center for Rural Affairs put together a fantastic guide for farmers and concerned citizens to submit their comments. Take a moment today and submit your comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, … Continue reading CSP Rule Comments Accepted Through January 20, 2015
  • 2015 Main Street Iowa Application Workshops

    To be eligible to submit an application for Main Street Iowa designation, community representatives must participate in a Main Street Iowa Application Workshop. Main Street Iowa will host three regional application workshops in March covering topics ranging from the basics of the Main Street Approach® and program services of Main Street Iowa to the mechanics of … Continue reading 2015 Main Street Iowa Application Workshops
  • 2014 Best Development Awards Recipients

    1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to present the recipients of the 2014 Best Development Awards! Take a moment to learn more about each recipient and join us in congratulating them! New Residential: Madison Flats, Des Moines Renovated Residential: (Co-Winners) 1924 Leyner Street, Des Moines & 4818 Urbandale Avenue, Des Moines New Commercial/Civic: Viking Center, Stanton … Continue reading 2014 Best Development Awards Recipients
  • 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 … Continue reading Speak Out Against the Bakken Oil Pipeline
  • 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 … Continue reading Farma-Save Set Finds Home in Iowa City
  • 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 … Continue reading View Five Decades of Land Use Changes
  • 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, … Continue reading Awards Program Redefines How Sustainable Projects are Recognized
  • 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 … Continue reading Field Trip to Griffieon Family Farm