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Grant awarded to Dordt prairie project

July 25, 2006

Prairie Project

The Sioux County Community Foundation (SCCF) recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to Dordt College to help in the development of a wetland prairie on the southern portion of the Dordt College campus. This prairie restoration project will restore 25-30 acres of land to natural habitat.

The goal of restoration is to provide area residents with a place to enjoy authentic prairie, while providing countless educational opportunities for school-age children, college students and community education classes. A side benefit of the project will be environmentally sound water runoff control and retention for Dordt’s 115 acre campus.

The project will be developed in phases over the next few years. Phase I of the project includes construction of ponds and initial woodland plantings. In Phase Two planting and establishment will take place for the savanna, wet prairie, upland prairie and woodland areas. In Phase Three bike and walking paths (including a bridge) will be added, allowing young and old to enjoy the restored wetland, prairie and savanna areas for activities including bird watching, butterfly observation, wildflower and wildlife observation and photography.

The timeline for the project is dependent upon funding. Additional financial support for the prairie restoration project is still being sought. For more information or to make a donation, contact Dordt College’s Advancement Office.

The SCCF was established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in Sioux County. The mission of SCCF is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner, and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Sioux County.

Other grant recipients included the city of Boyden, $2,000 for new welcome signs; Hull Community Parks Department, $2,500 for a picnic shelter; Orange City Parks and Recreation, $5,000 toward the construction of a skate board park; Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Iowa, $4,200 for Teen Legacy, an abstinence education program; Center for Financial Education, $800 for money management skill classes; Granville Improvement Club, $4,959 for library access; Outdoor Adventure Club, $900 for Orange City Christian School to promote environmental education; Sioux County Extension Service, $1,500 in support of the IMPACT Youth Leadership program; and Rock Valley Trees Program, $3,000 for the planting of trees in a new camping and recreational facility.

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