09 Dec TOW – Trails of Winneshiek County Project
NE IA RC&D assists the Trails of Winneshiek County, the City of Decorah and Winneshiek County Conservation Board with development of a twelve mile trail that loops through and near Decorah. The RC&D has written over three million dollars in grants for the 6.5 million dollar project. The trail will provide multiple benefits and uses, including protection from development, safe accessibility to one of the highest public-use trout streams in Iowa, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and handicapped fishing access. The project will provide connectivity for multiple users to a large number of public parks and recreation areas, and provide greatly expanded transportation alternatives for the community. The project also creates the most handicapped accessible trout stream in the region and the state of Iowa. It brought together hundreds of community partners and incorporates historic and art components.