With a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Des Moines County Conservation staff are opening up a new 105-acre tract of land for public use.

Half of the land was donated by Harold and Mildred Linder. The rest was purchased using a $250,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The area is being named the Harold and Mildred Linder Conservation Area.

Harold came up with the idea to turn the land into public conservation space almost 20 years ago, according to a conservation press release. His children saw the idea through after his death.

The county recently built a gravel parking lot to be used by visitors to the land. The lot is at 13485 170th Street, about a mile west of U.S. 61 near Sperry.

The land will likely get most of its use from hunters. Hiking and general wildlife watching also are allowed.

The Linder site is the 20th main conservation site under county management.

The ribbon cutting is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 13485 170th Street. The event is open to the public.