Natural Resources/Management

protecting preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Linn County through conservation practices

Natural Resources
Natural Resources
Natural Resources
Natural Resources
Natural Resources

Natural Resources
Poplars at SCP

Current Project at Squaw Creek Park 

We have begun the process of removing the Hybrid Poplar in the old agroforestry area at Squaw Creek Park. These trees were planted in the early 1990's with the intention of being used as a fire wood source and demonstration plot on producing firewood.  The trees have reached maturity, several have died over the past 5 years and the remainder of the trees are in decline.

We will be removing the trees and cutting them into firewood.  The 6 acre area will then be planted with a pollinator prairie mix next spring. Funding for the prairie planting is provided by a grant from The Monarch Zone 1,000 Acre Initiative.  The 1,000 acre initiatives goal is to plant 1,000 acres of diverse prairie in the Cedar Rapids/Linn County area to improve habitat for Monarch butterflies, and all pollinator species.

What does the Natural Resources division do? 

  • evaluate timber resource , write management plans and proposals for timber management, conduct timber sales when appropriate, prepare contracts for timber sales. Conduct timber stand improvement.
  • conduct tree planting, both large scale seedling plantings and large landscape trees. 
  •  develop food plot planting plan and plant food plots for wildlife. Information on what has been planted is available at Food Plots.
  •  maintain and implement a Hazard tree program, to ensure public safety. Remove hazard trees.
  • conduct landscaping of newly developed sites, such as trails lodges, buildings.
  • maintain and write crop leases for the Department
  • write and maintain vegetation management plan for Department, which includes chemical  application and purchase. 
  • conduct habitat improvement through vegetation manipulation, and the construction of wetlands.