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  Overview Around 465 million years ago, a football-stadium-sized meteor crashed into the shallow seas covering Iowa, leaving a three-mile-wide basin where Decorah now is. The discovery of the fossilized remains of a 6-foot sea scorpion, Pentecopterus decorahensis, within the now-buried Crater basin made international headlines and...

Project Overview Nestled along the banks of the Turkey River, the six-story Motor Mill is believed to be the tallest structure of its kind in the Midwest and was constructed out of stone quarried from the surrounding hillsides in 1869. The larger 155-acre Motor Mill site...

Project Overview The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department manages a 20-mile network of soft trails popular with mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. Unfortunately, as this trail system expanded in miles and increased in use over the years, corresponding trail signage, informational kiosks, promotional material, and...

The Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative began in 2014 with an interest from Byway stakeholders across the state of Iowa to expand opportunities to experience authentic local art, culture, history, music, and food. These stakeholders are part of a collaboration known as the Byways...

The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River Corridor. The corridor communities share a common mission to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey River Corridor...

We work with county conservation boards and private trails groups across the region to help them plan and fund local trails and maximize connections with others through the regional system. As we help develop trails, we strive to maximize the environmental and economic benefits for...

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