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Photos: EcoFest 2022

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — EcoFest, the popular Earth Day celebration in Cedar Rapids, made a comeback on April 23, 2022, after a two-year hiatus. After cancelling in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and going virtual in 2021, EcoFest returned to NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE. High winds offered a challenge, but storms […]

Nature’s gardeners: Celebrating National

They’re not everyone’s favorite, as the ubiquitous squirrel wreaks havoc on birdfeeders, electrical cables and more, but Iowans and the country as a whole can celebrate their benefits during National Squirrel Appreciation Day on Jan. 21. The holiday began in 2001, at the suggestion of wildlife rehabilitation specialist Christy Hargrove “to encourage kind attitudes towards […]

Residents worry Rompot will meet same fa...

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Cargill plans to demolish a home in the Rompot neighborhood near the industrial railyard the ag giant is constructing that displaced a prairie pollinator zone. More: See “before” and “after” photos of the Prairie Pollinator Zone According to City Assessor records, Cargill bought the 1,000-square-foot, single-family home in August for $150,000 […]

Survey finds Iowa lost more than 7 milli...

Iowans lost an estimated $20 million in annual benefits from urban tree canopy damaged by the hurricane-strength derecho in August 2020, according to the results of a recently completed survey conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Findings were included in a report, available online at, which estimated nearly 4.5 million trees were […]