student volunteers in woods

Volunteers assist with removing invasive shrubs and managing hazardous fuels at Black Hawk Park State Historic Site


The River Bend Wildland Trust is currently involved in stewarding 100′s of acres throughout our region, connecting forests, prairies, and wetlands to streams and rivers to improve habitat for our wildlife and to preserve these valuable lands for our future.  Hundreds of staff and volunteer hours each year are spent removing invasive species, planting trees, restoring prairies and wetlands, improving our forests, and educating the public.

We work on public and private land. Private lands generally need to have a conservation plan that outlines goals related to your state’s wildlife action plan (Iowa Wildlife Action plan, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan). Conservation Stewardship Plans developed through NRCS, and Forestry plans are examples of conservation plans.