ITC Midwest - Sac and Fox Trail Park
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Certified through 2023
ITC Transmission Line Corridor
About the Program
The Sac and Fox Indian Trail Park follows the Cedar River and Indian Creek on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a seven-mile long trail that is relatively level and broad with a pressed limestone surface. It is the oldest National Recreation Trail in Iowa, and is used for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and bicycling. The ITC Holding's corridor runs along the length of the trail and consists of approximately thirty-six acres devoted to wildlife habitat. ITC Midwest partnered with the the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department in 2011 as part of coordinated effort to expand and manage native prairie species under the 1,000 Acres Pollinator Initiative. These organizations continue to manage the functional prairie habitats by combatting invasive species and encouraging the establishment of native species via Integrated Vegetative Management (IVM) .
Practices and Impacts
- The project has been successful in increasing native diversity and enhancing grassland habitat through the effective management and removal of non-native plant species and seeding/establishment of native species. Overall the number of native flora species has been increasing steadily from 24 (west of parking lot) and 26 (seeded corridor) in 2015 to 33 (west of parking lot) and 43 (seeded corridor) in 2020 whereas non-native/invasive species have not increased significantly. The data obtained through the annual flora and fauna surveys allow for adaptive management to be implemented and reporting key species to regulatory agencies and citizen science programs.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHC INDEX IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY