Conservation boards also help educate local residents about the natural world in which we live, and administer roadside vegetation management programs.


  Marion County, Iowa - Conservation

Park Contacts - Forms - Links - Cabin-Camping Reservations - FAQ - Hunter Safety Classes

In 1955, the Iowa State Legislature passed a law permitting counties to establish County Conservation Boards. The Marion County Conservation Board was established by a vote of the people in the Fall of 1956 and became one of the 16 charter members of the first county conservation boards in the State of Iowa. The Conservation Board began operations in December of 1956.

Conservation boards are local natural resource management and outdoor recreation agencies whose responsibilities are the following: to acquire, develop, maintain and make available public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources and to provide adequate programs of public recreation.


Winged Expressions At Horn's Ferry

There is new artistic sculpture and signage at the Horn's Ferry Bridge down river from the Lake Red Rock Dam. Click on the link below for a little preview before driving to check it out.

Horn's Ferry Bridge Signage and Sculptures


Conservation boards also help educate local residents about the natural world in which we live, and administer roadside vegetation management programs.

County conservation boards have been created in all of Iowa's 99 counties and are governed by Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa.

The law that the legislators developed is very broad. Their intent is to allow each county to create a program to fit the natural resources that are available and to meet the needs of the community. In order to make this law work, each county needs to develop a governing body. Each County Board of Supervisors selects five citizens within the county to serve a five-year term with no monetary compensation. Those people that are selected show or demonstrate an interest in the environment and conservation. It is this group that sets the policies for the county parks and programs.


MARION COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD
Name Position Term
Bill Boyd President 12/31/2014
Scott Visser Vice-President 12/31/2016
Will Prather Secretary-Treasurer 12/31/2018
Lloyd Phillips Member 12/31/2015
Karen Ackley Member 12/31/2017


2010 Rules and Regulation Governing Public Use of Conservation Boards Areas

2010 Rules and Regulations Brochure


Cabin and Campsite On-Line Reservations

Starting on January 7th, 2013 the Marion County Conservation Board will be able to take on-line reservations for the Cordova Cabins, and the Marion County Park and Roberts Creek Park campgrounds. Click on the link below for additional information.

On-line Reservations Announcement

Reservation Website

Cordova Cabins Rental Policy

County Parks Campsite Rental Policy

Reservation Cancellation and Refund Policy

Click here to email for additional cabin and park information.


Hunter Education Logo

Hunter Safety Education

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. Locally, hunter education classes are provided through a cooperative effort between the DNR, the Marion County Conservation Board, and the Marion County Sportsman's Club. For information you may contact Ken Kenyon at (641) 891-1246, or click on the links listed below.

For additional information about the DNR Hunter Safety Education program click on the link below.

DNR Hunter Safety Program Website

To visit the DNR Hunter Safety Online Registration website click on the link below.

DNR Online Registration Website

Students under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian over 18 to create an account for them and then register them into the class.

Workbooks Are Still To Be Picked Up At The Marion County Recorder's Office.

2014 Hunter Safety Education Schedule

March 20th and 22nd, 2014

June 26th and 28, 2014

August 14th and 16th, 2014

September 18th and 20th, 2014

Thursday classes 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Saturday classes 8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m. You must attend both sessions to become certified. All classes are held at the Marion County Sportsman's Club, click on the link below.

Marion County Sportsmans Club


When traveling, look for the "Arrowhead" transportation directional sign which will direct you to one of these fine areas.

Arrowhead transportation directional sign


Do you have a question about one of our parks. Click here to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our parks and the Conservation Board.


Click here for the Marion County Conservation Board newsletter "In A Nutshell" including information about park projects, upcoming events, and much more!

Click here to make an email request to be placed on the mailing list to receive a printed copy of the "In A Nutshell" newsletter.


Click here for Maps of Marion County Parks


Snowy Owls In Iowa

Click here for additional information

Snowy Owl

Eagles photographed at 2007 Fall Migration Celebration

Department Head Name:
Steve Edwards, Director sedwards@co.marion.ia.us

Address of
Conservation office:
214 E Main Street
4th Floor of Courthouse
Knoxville Iowa 50138


Hours Office is open:

Courthouse Office
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Marion County Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Roberts Creek Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Cordova Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2213

FAX Number:
(641) 828-2216



Park Rangers:

Dave McKinney
Marion County Park
306 Willets Drive
Knoxville, Iowa 50138
Direct (641) 828-2214
marioncopark@iowatelecom.net

Mike Kalkwarf
Roberts Creek Park
1617 Fillmore Dr
Otley, Iowa 50214
Direct (641) 627-5507
robertscreek@iowatelecom.net

Ross Tuel
Cordova Park
1378 Highway G28
Otley, Iowa 50214
Direct (641) 627-5935
cordovacopark@gmail.com

Marla Mertz, Naturalist
mrmnat@msn.com

Cordova Park
1378 Highway G28
Otley, Iowa 50214


Conservation Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Conservation office



Conservation Links:

MyCountyParks.com
Marion County


Marion County Conservation Facebook page

Cordova Cabins Brochure

Red Rock Area Website

Gladys Black Environmental Education Project

Red Rock Lake Association

Corps of Engineers-Lake Red Rock

DNR - State of Iowa

Other Related Links:

Iowa Association of
County Conservation Boards


MyCountyParks.com
(County Parks in Iowa)


Hunter Safety Education - Marion County

DNR - Hunter Education
 
             

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