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.
Conservation boards also help educate local residents about the
natural world in which we live, and administer roadside vegetation management
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.
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
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 Safety Education
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.
2013 Hunter Safety Education Schedule
Thursday March 21st and Saturday March 23rd
Thursday June 13th and Saturday June 15th
Thursday August 15th and Saturday August 17th
Thursday September 12th and Saturday September 14th
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
traveling, look for the "Arrowhead" transportation directional sign which will
direct you to one of these fine areas.
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
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
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Click here for additional information