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Conservation

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Sycamore Wildlife Area is temporarily closed while important improvements are taking place. 

Pioneer Ridge Nature Center

1339 Highway 63
Bloomfield, IA 52537
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Contact Information

641-682-3091
pioneerridge@wapellocounty.org

Conservation

The mission of the Wapello County Conservation Board is to create awareness of our natural environment by providing quality outdoor experiences.

Mission Statement

To create awareness of our natural environment by providing quality outdoor experiences.

In 1977, the people of Wapello County voted to establish a county conservation board for the purpose of purchasing and developing lands for parks, hunting and fishing access, and other recreational uses in the county.

Today all of Iowa’s 99 counties have a County Conservation Board. Wapello County was the 98th county to establish its Board, and consequently, it is one of the youngest conservation boards in the state.

As of the fall of 2016, the Wapello County Conservation Board manages twelve areas totaling over 2077 acres. The board is also progressing toward additional purchases that will enhance our resource base and public property for its citizens. In combination, these areas provide extremely diverse habitats providing residents with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as picnicking, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Our Team

  • Rick Tebbs, Director
  • Paul Totten, Operation Supervisor
  • Amanda Jones, Office Manager
  • Sara Runyan, Naturalist
  • Mike McCall , Conservation Technician
  • Austin Roe, Conservation Technician

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