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Mentored Turkey Hunt

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Polk County Conservation Park Rangers are teaming up with the Iowa DNR Conservation Officers to host a mentored turkey hunt. We are looking for five hunters between the ages of 12-15 who have successfully completed their hunter safety certification as well as a parent to participate.

The first five to sign up will have to attend a mandatory turkey hunting orientation on the 7th of April at 5:30 p.m. at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt longhouse. Orientation will consist of a refresher on laws and ethics as well as basic turkey hunting techniques. Hunters will also be shooting the 20 gauge shotgun that will be provided during the hunt.

The hunt will take place on the morning of April 11th. Your guide/mentor will be in contact with you on specific time and location.

This is what you need to bring:

  • Youth season turkey tag
  • Dress warm for the weather ( camo or black colored clothing)
  • A foldable chair to sit on

After the hunt we will all meet at Yellow Banks park  for stories and pictures.

To register please send a email to chris.clingan@polkcountyiowa.gov or call Chris at 515-249-0686

You will need to provide proof of hunter education certification before you will be accepted. The hunter also needs to be accompanied by a guardian or parent throughout the entire process.

Richard Leopold Appointed as New Polk County Conservation Board Director

Thursday, February 12, 2015


The Polk County Conservation Board selected Richard A. Leopold as the new Director at their February 11th, board meeting. Mr. Leopold has served as the Deputy and Interim Director since the spring of 2013.

"We are very excited to announce the appointment of Richard Leopold as our new Director for Polk County Conservation. As Deputy and Interim Director, Richard has already displayed drive and commitment to Polk County Conservation and the community. We believe he will continue to be a strong leader as we move forward with Polk County Water and Land Legacy projects." ​affirmed Connie Johnson, Board Chairperson.

Prior to his employment with Polk County, Richard was the Executive Director for Dickinson County Conservation Board in northwest Iowa and he served as the Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications within the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he provided leadership, direction, and coordination in the development and execution of high-priority science activities, including those involving climate change, adaptive resources management, and landscape conservation.

Mr. Leopold was the Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 2007-2010. He was also the Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council and has held a variety of positions within the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Minnesota and Iowa Department of Natural Resources and served as the coordinator for Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program called IOWATER.

Richard holds an M.S. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. He obtained undergraduate degrees in biology from Minnesota State University and natural resources technology from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota. Richard has been the past chairperson of the Iowa Conservation Education Council, a recipient of the Izaak Walton League of America's National Honor Roll Award, named a “Sagamore of the Forest, Fields, and Streams” by the Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, and has been recognized as a Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments. He is currently serving on the Board of Director's for Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa and is the current president of the Iowa Wildlife Federation.

"I am excited and humbled to work with the board, staff, and our many partners for such a noble cause. We have much work ahead of us, and I am confident in our ability to accomplish our mission of quality outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation of our natural resources." stated Leopold.

Plant Some Shade with the Great Outdoors Foundation and MidAmerican Energy

Monday, February 02, 2015

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company can reduce future energy use, landscape their homes and green up their communities this spring through the Plant Some Shade® program. Plant Some Shade enables MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers to purchase up to two landscaping trees for $30 each. Trees are sold on a preordered, first-come, first-served basis. Click here for ordering information.

Chichaqua Valley Trail Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, January 30, 2015

Join us April 25th for 25 miles of fun along the Chichaqua Valley Trail as we celebrate the completion of the connection to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail through Berwick and Bondurant. The celebration begins in Berwick with a kick-off breakfast at the Congregational Church from 7-10 AM followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mally's Park. Several communities along the trail will be host to a variety of local activities and events. Click here for detailed event information including sponsors, maps and a schedule of community attractions.

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Granger, IA 50109

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