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"Naturally Inspiring" our residents

Our Mission: to improve the quality of sustainable natural resources that will provide educational opportunities, safe recreational environments, and the protection of Benton Counties' natural heritage.  

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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.

Benton County Conservation Department - Staff

Caitlin Savage

Caitlin Savage, Naturalist

319-560-9809

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Zach Parmater, Conservation Tech./Ranger

319-560-9807

Aaron Askelson

Aaron Askelson, Naturalist

319-560-7017

karen phelps

Karen Phelps, Director     

319-560-9806

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Scott Bahmann, Park Ranger 

319-560-9803

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Logan Hahn, Park Ranger   

319-560-9804

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Jon Geiger, Park Ranger   

319-560-9802

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 5:30 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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Randy Scheel by Garrison, Iowa

Daniel Gibbins by Urbana

Daniel Gibbins by Urbana, Iowa

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Dan Hill by Vinton Iowa

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Denni Randall by Belle Plaine, Iowa

 todd

Todd Wiley - Board of Supervisor (liaison)