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Tamra Elliot

Born and raised in Iowa City, Tamra Elliott has been interested in conservation since an early age. During her childhood, Elliott visited the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) every summer, and now as an adult, manages the land. A unique ecosystem, the MNRA requires special care of its trails, infrastructures, rare plant species and natural resources. Elliott expertly balances both the needs of the land and human recreation, specifically by tackling the issue of non-native invasive plants. By using natural processes like fire and removal by hand, the MNRA and the prairie areas within it, are seeing huge improvement. Elliott also works with the University of Iowa research projects, the Wildlife Camps, School of the Wild and The Iowa Raptor Project.  


Check out her Iowa City recommendations below.

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Iowa City, IA
Lake Macbride Spillway
"I love the Macbride Spillway- It is where Lake Macbride spills into the Coralville Reservoir. It has waterfalls and streams which you can explore. It is a great place to cool off, take pictures or just wander around. You can actually access it via the trails from MNRA." - Tamra Elliot
Solon, IA 52333, USA
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Devonian Fossil Gorge
The Devonian Fossil Gorge was created by the flood of 1993 and expanded by the flood of 2008.
2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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Sutliff Bridge
The Sutliff Bridge is a bridge over the Cedar River at Sutliff near Lisbon, Iowa.
Lisbon, IA 52253, USA
Palisades Kepler State Park
"This is a great place to visit, explore and hike. The views of the bluffs over the Cedar River are amazing." - Tamra Elliot
700 Kepler Dr, Mt Vernon, IA 52314, USA
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Amana Colonies
"This is actually a National Historic Landmark. I love visiting the shops, seeing the historic buildings, and grabbing a bite to eat there." - Tamra Elliot
Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
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Prairie Lights Books & Cafe
"Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City is the place to go for a cup of Joe." - Tamra Elliot  
15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
"Always something cool going on there and nice patio which you can sit around a fire and relax at." - Tamra Elliot 
1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240
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