• Chuck O.
  • Fri February 12 2016
  • Posted Feb 12, 2016
Lisa Hein, who might well be called the “mother of rec trails” across Iowa, will be the featured speaker for the 9th annual banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association here on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Hein has worked 27 years – “that’s half my life” – as one of the leading trail developers and advocates for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the non-profit conservation organization. The Des Moines-based foundation has been an active partner with county conservation boards, city parks & rec departments and other entities in building a network of recreational trails in Iowa superior to what you can find in nearly every other state in the nation. Indeed, the INHF and others now refer to Iowa as the “World Capital of Trails.”

One of the 21 rail-trail conversions that Hein has personally worked on is our Raccoon River Valley Trail, the 89-mile paved trail that passes through 14 communities in three counties in west central Iowa, and connects with the trails coming out of the Des Moines metro area. Another is our very popular neighbor trail, the High Trestle Trail between Woodward and Ankeny.

The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association, the non-profit group which markets and promotes the RRVT, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It has the annual banquet in February as its only fundraiser of the year.


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