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Posted on: September 19, 2012

[ARCHIVED] O.W.L.S. Topic Features Restoring Robison

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames. "Restoring Robison" will be presented by Story County Conservation Natural Resource Specialist Amy Yoakum on Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Since 2009, various funding sources have allowed Story County Conservation to hire the Conservation Corps Iowa (CCI) to clear unwanted vegetation around the big oaks as part of a Savanna restoration. In 2011, the project was expanded to include the use of goats for prairie restoration. Their appetite for invasive honeysuckle, multi-flora rose and buckthorn is impressive. SCC is proud of the work being done at Robison Wildlife Acres and is excited about the future of this beautiful park!

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for "boomers" or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Lunch is catered for a $7.00 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 28. The planned lunch menu for September is stuffed peppers, fresh fruit bowl, breadstick, brownies

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at, or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Jerry Keys
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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