End of the Line for Some Rails-to-Trails Plaintiffs, Others Move Ahead


Following abandonment of a portion of the easement on which the railroad line runs, in 2009 the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation purchased the line for interim use as a hiking and biking trail under Section 8(d) of the Trail Act. That purchase was made on behalf of the Dickinson County Trails Board and the Osceola County Conservation Board. In 2010 the landowners who owned the land over which the abandoned easement lies filed a complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, seeking just compensation for the taking of their reversionary interests resulting from the changed, non-railroad use of the railroad easement.

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