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Interchange Project Impacting Four Mile Creek Greenbelt

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to acquire additional highway right of way and temporary right of way areas from the Four Mile Creek Greenbelt in Polk County.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is located between Northeast 54th Place and Northeast 46th Street near Altoona with portions of the property located on both the north and south sides of Interstate 80. The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is publicly owned and maintained by the Polk County Conservation Board. The primary functions of the park are to provide wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, and a multiuse trail corridor.

The Iowa DOT will acquire approximately 0.7 acre of additional highway right of way from Four Mile Creek Greenbelt. The Polk County Conservation Board and the Iowa DOT will jointly identify land for mitigation that is at least equal fair market value and reasonably equivalent usefulness and location.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt has been determined to be a Section 4(f) resource and the acquisition of right of way is expected to have de minimis impact on the area. - See more at: http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html#sthash.yeI3THz3.dpuf
The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to acquire additional highway right of way and temporary right of way areas from the Four Mile Creek Greenbelt in Polk County.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is located between Northeast 54th Place and Northeast 46th Street near Altoona with portions of the property located on both the north and south sides of Interstate 80. The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is publicly owned and maintained by the Polk County Conservation Board. The primary functions of the park are to provide wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, and a multiuse trail corridor.

The Iowa DOT will acquire approximately 0.7 acre of additional highway right of way from Four Mile Creek Greenbelt. The Polk County Conservation Board and the Iowa DOT will jointly identify land for mitigation that is at least equal fair market value and reasonably equivalent usefulness and location.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt has been determined to be a Section 4(f) resource and the acquisition of right of way is expected to have de minimis impact on the area. - See more at: http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html#sthash.yeI3THz3.dpuf
The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to acquire additional highway right of way and temporary right of way areas from the Four Mile Creek Greenbelt in Polk County.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is located between Northeast 54th Place and Northeast 46th Street near Altoona with portions of the property located on both the north and south sides of Interstate 80. The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is publicly owned and maintained by the Polk County Conservation Board. The primary functions of the park are to provide wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, and a multiuse trail corridor.

The Iowa DOT will acquire approximately 0.7 acre of additional highway right of way from Four Mile Creek Greenbelt. The Polk County Conservation Board and the Iowa DOT will jointly identify land for mitigation that is at least equal fair market value and reasonably equivalent usefulness and location.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt has been determined to be a Section 4(f) resource and the acquisition of right of way is expected to have de minimis impact on the area. - See more at: http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html#sthash.yeI3THz3.dpuf

The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to acquire additional highway right of way and temporary right of way areas from the Four Mile Creek Greenbelt in Polk County.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is located between Northeast 54th Place and Northeast 46th Street near Altoona with portions of the property located on both the north and south sides of Interstate 80. The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt is publicly owned and maintained by the Polk County Conservation Board. The primary functions of the park are to provide wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, and a multiuse trail corridor.

The Iowa DOT will acquire approximately 0.7 acre of additional highway right of way from Four Mile Creek Greenbelt. The Polk County Conservation Board and the Iowa DOT will jointly identify land for mitigation that is at least equal fair market value and reasonably equivalent usefulness and location.

The Four Mile Creek Greenbelt has been determined to be a Section 4(f) resource and the acquisition of right of way is expected to have de minimis impact on the area. - See more at: http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html#sthash.yeI3THz3.dpuf.

 

Ski Trail Grooming Updates

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Skate ski trails at Jester Park have been groomed. Conditions are good to fair. There is currently not enough snow to set classic tracks.

Reconnecting Individuals To The Outdoors Mentorship Program

Monday, January 04, 2016

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with Polk County Conservation to offer a yearlong program in 2016 that will focus on reconnecting individuals to the outdoors.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to attend monthly skill-building clinics and events that will include an introduction to wildlife conservation, hunter education and firearm safety, hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoors activities.  Each participant will be paired with a certified mentor to provide support during these activities.

The NWTF and Polk County Conservation are currently recruiting 15-20 participants for the 2016 year-long program focusing on novice individuals 21 to 45 years old.  Clinics and events will be held around the Polk County area.

Participants applying for this program will need to complete the online hunter education and be committed to attending clinics and outdoor activities for three to four hours a month for 12 consecutive months.  There will be a small registration fee of $100.00 that will cover required licenses. Click here for the participant application.

We are also seeking mentors, both male and female, that are willing to help teach and guide participants through the program. Mentors should be a minimum age of 21 and free of any criminal record. Background checks will be conducted for all mentors. Click here for the mentor application.

Click here for tentative session dates and curriculum.

“To ensure the future of hunting and outdoor sports, we need to educate future generations about what it means to be a hunter and a conservationist” - Stacey Sipe Smith

 Direct all questions and completed application forms to:

 Stacey Smith - Save the Hunt Coordinator for Iowa

National Wild Turkey Federation

7025 Forest Ct

Windsor Heights, IA  50324

(515)-418-2275

stacey_sipe@hotmail.com

Fort Des Moines Park Improvements

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

An updated flyer with detailed park enhancement descriptions, map and timeline for Fort Des Moines Park is now available to view by clicking here. Major construction will occur from December 2015 through October 2016. The park will remain open during this time, however, short term closures may be necessary to ensure public safety.

Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Master Plan Approved on 12/9/15

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Master Plan was approved by the Polk County Conservation Board at their December 9th, 2015 meeting. View the plan here.

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11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
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