Land Use and Biodiversity in an Ag State: ​Policies and Programs for Habitat and Species Conservation in Iowa

 Panel Event

HELI welcomed panelists to discuss habitat and species conservation on Midwest agricultural lands. Panelists discussed the 30 by 30 Initiative, existing laws, current conservation programs, as well as legal and policy tools available for increasing habitat and protecting biodiversity on privately owned agricultural land across the state. 

This event took place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm CST in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building (BLB) at the University of Iowa College of Iowa and virtually via Zoom.


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If you registered for the virtual webinar option, here is the link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


This event was in person, with the option of watching a livestream via Zoom.

This event has been APPROVED by the ISBA for a continuing legal education (CLE) credit of 1 hour.


At A Glance


Total Attendees


Total people registered


Different University of Iowa colleges represented in attendance


Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

Welcoming remarks and introductions were given by Shannon Roesler at 12:45 pm in Room 225 in the Boyd Law Building. 

The Panelists

Anna Gray

Anna Gray

Public Policy Director & Counsel, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Ingrid Gronstal, JD

Research Fellow, Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative
Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen

Senior Policy Associate, Center for Rural Affairs
Matt Russell

Matt Russell

State Executive Director, Iowa Farm Service Agency, USDA


  • Registration table opens in the Lobby of Boyd Law Building

    12:15 pm
  • Lunch is available for all registered attendees

    12:30 pm
  • Program begins with Welcoming Remarks and Introductions by Shannon Roesler

    12:45 pm
  • Program ends

    1:45 pm


For additional reading on the themes of this discussion - including biodiversity, the 30 by 30 and the America the Beautiful initiative, easements, the Farm Bill and more - please explore the following resources cultivated by the planning team. 

Questions or Concerns

For questions about this session or the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, contact Program Director Blake Rupe at

Video of Panel Discussion