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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.

8th Annual Wheelin' Sportsmen Turkey Hunt Application Deadline Approaching

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Central Iowa Long Spurs, a Des Moines Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, in conjunction with US Army Corp of Engineers and Polk County Conservation is hosting the 8th Annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Spring Turkey Hunt on April 18, 2015. The Wheelin' Sportsmen program with the NWTF provides all people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. These events help participants gain a sense of independence by learning to stay active in the outdoors.

The Central Iowa Long Spurs event partners disabled participants with able-bodied guides and instructors. The guides and instructors share their knowledge and love of the outdoors with the participants making a memorable outdoor experience.

The hunt will take place on public property around Saylorville Lake. While the hunters are out in the field the participant’s family and friends are welcomed to stay at the shelter and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Lunch will be provided for all in attendance.

If you or someone you know may be interested in participating as a hunter, click here for the application due March 16th. If you are interested in donating to this event, click here for details. For further information, questions or concerns please contact:

Stacey Smith, Co-Chair, Wheelin’ Sportsmen
7025 Forest Court
Windsor Heights, IA 50324


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