On The Road Again – Iowa’s Byways!

By Gerry Schnepf With Willie Nelson’s music on your mind, hop on your bike or motorcycle or jump in your car, SUV, RV or tour bus and head out for a new traveling adventure – Iowa’s byways. Explore these special … Continued

Fall in the Air and on the Landscape

By Gerry Schnepf Fall is normally filled with color in the trees on the hillsides and in the valleys. The fall smell in the air is that pleasant subtle odor of decaying leaves. It is a reminder that one season … Continued

There’s no silver bullet!

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director The use of the term ‘silver bullet’ often refers to the ability to cut through red tape and complexity to provide an immediate, quick and easy solution to a problem or a need. It … Continued

Checking the Heartbeat of a Community

Does it need a transfusion? By Doug Friedli – Fremont County Hometown Pride Community Coach and Gerald F. Schnepf – Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful When arriving on an accident or disaster scene where there are people with multiple … Continued

“That’s one small step…….”

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind!” is the famous quote credited to astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped on to the moon, 49 years ago – July 20, … Continued

Costly and Cringe-worthy, Litter Hurts Iowa

No Litter Hotline Decal

The fastest way to spoil the beauty of our State? Litter. In order of the biggest groups of offenders, discarded fast food containers, paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic make up the bulk of these eyesores. Littering cleanup costs the Iowa … Continued

What Do Costa Rica and Iowa Have in Common?

The answer is “not much!” Consider these comparisons: Costa Rica Iowa Population 4.9 million 3.1 million Land Area   19,714 sq. miles 56,276 sq. miles Topography    Mountainous Reasonably Level   Why do I bring this to our attention? Recently, my … Continued

Lead or Lose

Leadership

As we look to the future of Iowa’s small-town communities, Keep Iowa Beautiful is encouraged by Governor Reynolds’ statement in the Condition of the State Address – Segment on Small Towns and Rural Iowa. “I believe the heart, soul, and … Continued

Iowa’s Treasure Chest

Iowa Volunteers!

Every day, every hour and every minute we help ourselves to Iowa’s treasure chest. No, it is not a chest filled with gold coins – it is even better! This is one of Iowa’s greatest treasures. It is important for … Continued