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"Naturally Inspiring" our residents

Our Mission: Benton County Conservation strives to improve the quality of life for our citizens by providing recreational and educational opportunities that foster stewardship of our natural resources. 

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For the benefit of the public, the Benton County Conservation Board manages: 22 park lands equaling over 1700 acres, over 40 miles of trails, 225 campsites, a growing nature center, and offers high-quality educational programming in and out of the schools for over 20,000 educational contacts annually. We invite you to enjoy our quiet and serene natural areas, hiking and river trails, and campgrounds that offer outstanding recreational opportunities.

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Benton County Conservation Department - Staff


 

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Collin Strickland, Park Ranger

South Unit - Hannen Lake Park 
319-560-9804

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Ed Hach, Park Ranger

North Unit - Rodgers Park
319-560-9803

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Layla Hagen, Park Ranger

East Unit - Wildcat Bluff Recreation Area
319-560-9802

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Zach Parmater, Conservation Tech/Ranger
Rodgers Park
319-560-9807

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Faith Henrichs, Naturalist

Nature Center

319-560-9809

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Aaron Askelson, Naturalist
Nature Center
319-560-7017

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Cecilia Dirks

Conservation Technician

319-560-9808

Shelby Williams, Conservation Tech
Shelby Williams, Director
Nature Center

319-423-1903

Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa states:

The Benton County Conservation Board's duty is to serve the residents of Benton County.  The Conservation Board consists of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. 

History

In 1955, the Iowa State Legislature passed a law providing for the creation of county conservation boards. In 1956, public vote of Benton County residents authorized the creation of the Benton County Conservation Board. The BCCB was one of sixteen counties in Iowa to make a conservation board that year.  The Benton County Conservation Board (BCCB) has been working on preserving Iowa’s natural heritage since that day. The BCCB built the first man made lake by a county conservation department in the state of Iowa, "Hannen Lake.” These properties include bike and hiking trails, preserves, boat ramps, and campground facilities.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held in the board meeting room of the Benton County Nature Center. Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the second Monday of each month, at 5:00 p.m. Other meetings are called as needed. Meetings are open to the public, and public notice is given for all meetings.       

Benton County Conservation Board

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Becky Van Wey
Vinton, Iowa

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Randy Scheel
Garrison, Iowa

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Dan Hill
Vinton, Iowa

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Denni Randall
Belle Plaine, Iowa

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Mike LaGrange
Vinton, Iowa

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Tracy Seeman
Board of Supervisor Liaison