BRR Ride booth

BRR Ride - Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017  

The BRR ride this past Saturday had a great turn out.  Participating in a RRVT/Connector booth was (from left to right), Curt Cable, DCCB Natural Resource Manager, Mike Wallace, Director DCCB, Larry Meacham , Let’s Connect committee, and Jill Brosnahan, Let’s Connect committee.  In addition to selling RRVT annual trail permits the number one point of conversation and questions revolved around the proposed RRVT to HTT connector project.  Director Wallace commented that he and staff have submitted 3 important grants over the last 2 months and they had a very good return on the end of the year donation envelope fundraiser.  “We are moving ahead in a positive direction but at a slow rate, we all wish the connector project was completed”.



A Fundraising Campaign to Connect Two Trails

Join the "LET'S CONNECT” fundraising campaign to support a 9-mile connector trail between Perry and Woodward! 

This project will link two of the premier recreational trails in Iowa – the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) and the High Trestle Trail (HTT).  This new connection of two major trails will create an 86 mile loop and an 118 mile loop, allowing trail users more options than ever before! 

Approximately $5 million will be needed to build what is projected to be a crucial connection in the central Iowa trail network, which now includes more than 600 miles of paved trails and connects more than twenty-four towns around the Des Moines metro area and beyond.  Join the campaign and pledge to donate!



 Major Donation to the Dallas County Conservation Board for the "Let's Connect" Project


On Thursday , November 10, 2016 the Dallas County Conservation Board received a major donation of $100,000 from Joyce VanKirk and her recently deceased husband, Dallas “Pete” VanKirk of Perry, for the “Let’s Connect” project.  This project consists of connecting the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Perry to the High Trestle Trail in Woodward.  You can read all about it here (  in an article by Jim Caufield of The Perry  For more information on this project you can go to or contact the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577


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