About


Linn County Conservation Board, Department and Staff

Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area
Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area
Conservation Board, Staff, and Board of Supervisors
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MISSION AND VISION

Our Vision: To improve community through people, parks, trails and open space. 

Our Mission: protect natural resources; promote health and wellness; strengthen safety and security: support economic development; increase environmental awareness; provide outdoor recreational experiences; foster human development; and strengthen community image and sense of place.




CONSERVATION BOARD

Linn County Conservation Board members are appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors to staggered five-year terms.  The current Board includes:

George Kanz, President
Kristin Eschweiler, Vice-President
Hillary Hughes, Secretary
Steve Emerson, Member
Cindy Burke, Member


Conservation Board meetings are usually held the fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Toddville (10260 Morris Hills Rd) and are open to the public.

The Iowa State Legislature passed the  County Conservation Law in 1955.   That law, Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa, gave counties the ability to create a county conservation board.  The program is intended to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available museums, parks, preserves, recreational centers, forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, in order to promote the health and general welfare of the people, encourage the conservation of natural resources, to cultivate good citizenship by providing programs of public recreation and for participation in watershed, drainage, and floor control programs for the purpose of increasing the recreational resources in the county.

‚ÄčThe Linn County Conservation Board was established by popular vote in 1958.  The role of the Conservation Board is to provide general oversight and make policy decisions to direct the conservation program.




DEPARTMENT AND STAFF

Dan Biechler, Director
Dennis Goemaat, Deputy Director


Linn County Conservation Department has a staff of 30+ people who are responsible for all 7,000+ acres and 27+ areas.  The county is divided into three districts: Wapsipinicon District,  North Cedar District, and South Cedar District.  Each district has a resource manager, assistant resource manager, and resource technicians. The administrative team supports reservations, accounts payable, and special programs.  The Natural Resources team and the Services team supports the entire county.  The Conservation Education team works at various places throughout the county, but is located at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center.   

 

To contact the Linn County Conservation Department, call 319-892-6450 or email conservation@linncountyparks.com.          



Media inquiries:    

Ryan Schlader
Community Outreach, Linn County Conservation
(319) 892-6452     ryan.schlader@linncounty.org