Orlan Love

Outdoors reporter for The Gazette


Cedar Rock State Park ‘friends’ step in to preserve piece of history

QUASQUETON - With shrinking budgets, Iowa state parks increasingly are getting by with a little help from their friends.

Cedar Rock State Park, site of a well-preserved Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, is a case in point.

About 50 people t ... »

Longtime beekeeper sees reason to smile about insects’ future

ELKADER - Honey bees are #x201c;the second love#x201d; of Bob Fassbinder's life, second only to his wife Kathy, with whom he has operated Fassbinder Apiaries near Elgin for the past 41 years.

Fassbinder said he could talk all day about the benefit ... »

In Iowa: Covering up even in warm outdoors is no rash decision

People ask, Orlan, why do you always wear boots, long pants and long-sleeved shirts even on the hottest days? Is it because you have bad-looking arms and legs?

I do have pallid arms and legs, a logical and unavoidable byproduct of their seldom see ... »

Conservation easements protect historic landscapes, heritage gardens and a Grant Wood view

VIOLA - A perpetual conservation easement protects 300 acres of nature and history in the scenic hills just north of this Linn County town.

#x201c;How lucky am I to have grown up and lived my life in this beautiful setting,#x201d; said Cindy Burke ... »

Whitewater Creek doing fine after manure spill

CASCADE - Two friends and I and conducted an unscientific survey Sunday on a creek devastated last September by a manure-caused fish kill.

With our crude tools - leadhead jigs and sinking flies - Mike Jacobs of Monticello, Doug Nauman of Anamosa a ... »

Trout water public access gets boost with 4.4 miles open at Pine Springs

DECORAH - With musical accompaniment provided by Pine Springs Creek tumbling over rock ledges, several speakers at a dedication ceremony last week lauded an easement that opens 4.4 miles of cold-water streams to anglers, bird watchers and other nature l ... »

More than 200 attend forum on creation of pollinator habitat

CEDAR RAPIDS - Linn County's growing environmental movement gathered momentum over the weekend when more than 200 residents attended a forum intended to inspire and instruct them in the creation of habitat for imperiled pollinator insects.

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Buchanan County creek an outdoorsman’s paradise

There is a creek in south Buchanan County, along whose banks I have enjoyed some of my finer days, including two this week.

It's just a little farm country stream, like so many others in Iowa, but it has some good things going for it: Trees ... »

The changing face of Iowa's family farms

Family farms, the wellspring of many Iowans' values, have shrunk in number and gotten larger and more complex, but, with few exceptions, they are still run by families.

"Yes, farms have changed. The farms are bigger and more specialized. The mac ... »

Good Neighbor Iowa to fight ‘perfect lawn mentality’

#x201c;You kids get off my lawn!#x201d; - a catch phrase stereotyping elderly homeowners as cranky - may be good advice if the lawn in question, as with so many American lawns, is regularly treated with chemical weed and pest killers.

#x201c;The ' ... »