The Bouska sisters were recently honored as Winneshiek County Pheasants Forever Chapter Habitat Steward of the Year — congratulations!
An equal honor, their conservation partner Brian Sauer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has dubbed them “Team Habitat.”
In his remarks at the award presentation, Brian shared:
“This year we are honoring the Bouska sisters of Highland Farm. The farms are located in southeast Winneshiek County in Jackson Township and just across the border in Chickasaw County. This active working farm in rural Protivin was formerly operated by their parents, Ed and Elmarie Bouska. It is now best described as being managed by the partnership of the Four Bouska Sisters (Peg, Carol, Sally, and Ann) also known as Team Habitat.
The farm’s focus is on regenerative agriculture, education and strategically placed wildlife habitat. Some highlights include:
37 acres of prairie strips
19 acres of pollinator habitat
10 acres of shelterbelt winter cover
6 acres of wetlands and buffer
12 acres of filter strips
And this past year 127 acres of cover crops!”
Read more about the Bouska sisters and their progress at Highland Farm here.