Guthrie County Conservation Board

Guthrie County Conservation Board The Guthrie County Conservation Board offers a variety of recreational opportunities including camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, biking, bird-watching, picnicking, and much more. Guthrie County is diverse and rich in natural resources.

06/11/2020

Effective June 12, 2020 at 8AM, Guthrie County Conservation Board will be opening the bottom campground at Nations Bridge Park. Self contained, wheeled units are no longer required. There will be 3 restrooms open with an elevated cleaning schedule as well as the shower house to use at your discretion. The playground is also open, to use at your discretion. Please be mindful during this reopening of other park users and respect their space. Have a good weekend!

05/07/2020

Effective May 15, 2020 at 8AM, Guthrie County Conservation Board will be opening limited camping pads at Lenon Mill and Nations Bridge parks. This is an attempted soft reopening so please continue to observe guidelines that respect other people and the park. We will limit your visit to 14 days before you will need to leave the park for 48 hours. We are happy to be moving forward with this and hope the public can enjoy some time outdoors. Thank you!

04/24/2020
Spring Pollinators!

Some trees and early blooming flowers provide essential food sources to pollinators as they emerge from their winter hibernation. Dandelions are often a favorite due to their abundance and availability! It can be mesmerizing to watch them. Go check out a patch and see what’s going on! Of the thousands of species that are crucial to pollination, I think there will be plenty to observe.

03/17/2020

Guthrie County has elected to close its offices to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to protect the citizens and employees of Guthrie Co. Our employees will continue to perform essential county services. Please contact the Department by phone 641-755-3061 or by email [email protected] if you have questions regarding services.

10/25/2019
Prairie Woodland Conservation Foundation

The Prairie Woodland Conservation Foundation has created their new page! The non profit corporation accepts donations and gifts to be used here in Guthrie county for environmental, educational, and conservation projects. We have partnered with them through several projects to enhance and create recreational opportunities and are excited to see their new page. Check them out to see what they have done for you and if there’s anything they can help you with!

ThePrairie Woodland Conservation Foundation is a non-profit, five-person board appointed by the Guthrie County Conservation Board.The PWCF accepts gifts from people or organizations for educational and conservation projects with the GCCB.

Guthrie County Conservation is hiring for the Director position. Take a look at the link for details.
10/25/2019
MyCountyParks.com

Guthrie County Conservation is hiring for the Director position. Take a look at the link for details.

MyCountyParks serves the Iowa area with outdoor recreation, environmental education, and natural resource protection.

10/02/2019

Caught a little video of some early October sparring. The cool weather has wildlife moving as the season begins showing some transition into fall.

Guthrie County 4-H went to Sutcliffe Woodland and updated the nature trail signage. The old wooden posts were removed, a...
07/30/2019

Guthrie County 4-H went to Sutcliffe Woodland and updated the nature trail signage. The old wooden posts were removed, and new metal posts/signs were placed. We are grateful for the volunteer effort put in by this group!

Reminder that our Hunter Education course is at the end of the week. Registration closes at 3PM on Wednesday, so if you’...
07/15/2019
Event - Hunter Education Classroom Course - July 18, 2019 in Panora, IA

Reminder that our Hunter Education course is at the end of the week. Registration closes at 3PM on Wednesday, so if you’re interested, please get that done soon and call if you have any questions.

Register-Ed is the Official Online Hunter and Boater Education Course Registration platform of many states. Choose your state, find an event, and signup online.

Guthrie County Conservation’s Hunter Education course is currently open for registration. It will be held at Panorama Hi...
06/25/2019
Event - Hunter Education Classroom Course - July 18, 2019 in Panora, IA

Guthrie County Conservation’s Hunter Education course is currently open for registration. It will be held at Panorama High School, July 18 & 19. Details are in the link.

Register-Ed is the Official Online Hunter and Boater Education Course Registration platform of many states. Choose your state, find an event, and signup online.

Keep this in mind as you use our parks and trails. We do our best to remove poison hemlock and keep the wild parsnip and...
06/24/2019

Keep this in mind as you use our parks and trails. We do our best to remove poison hemlock and keep the wild parsnip and poison ivy out of high use areas. Your best defense is to be able to identify and avoid some of these nuisances.

Public service announcement! This time of year central Iowa always produces an unfortunate number of toxic plants....with the wet May weather we now have a bumper crop of them.

Be very cautious if you are in a "natural" (includes ditches) area and find yourself near large white or yellow-flowering plants: If they have large flat-topped yellow flower clusters and ribbed stems (like celery) it is very likely wild parsnip (the sap causes serious blisters), if there are many clusters of white flowers on thick, purple-spotted stems (often on plants over 6ft) it's probably poison hemlock....which can kill you!

These plants are blooming now and are very common in ditches and wet areas. See photos below.

Nations Bridge Bottom Campground is now 75% open! The areas that will remain closed are marked with caution tape and sig...
05/21/2019

Nations Bridge Bottom Campground is now 75% open! The areas that will remain closed are marked with caution tape and signs. The areas that are open have picnic tables out. If you have any questions give us a call or email. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Nations Bridge Park is still undergoing some flood clean up and electrical work. The bottom campground remains closed at...
05/13/2019

Nations Bridge Park is still undergoing some flood clean up and electrical work. The bottom campground remains closed at this time BUT we are putting in quite a bit of time and effort this coming week... Stay tuned for updates, as we will notify of its re-opening. We are aware that Memorial Day is just around the corner.

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo
05/08/2019

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo

Last week we returned a lost Canada Goose to the river to rejoin its friends.
03/15/2019

Last week we returned a lost Canada Goose to the river to rejoin its friends.

Pheasants Forever
03/03/2019

Pheasants Forever

A harsh winter is bringing on questions about feeding wild pheasants. Remember that habitat is the effective long-term solution! The key to carrying pheasants through the winter is quality thermal habitat. While this may provide no consolation this winter, consider that resources spent on establishing high-quality winter cover will yield far greater results and the best winter survival rates down the road. The lesson to be learned from a tough winter is the need to plant more high quality thermal cover this spring. Start your thermal habitat planning - shelterbelts, wetland (think cattails) restorations and food & cover plots - now!

“More than anything, feeding is reactionary to the winter, when the best thing we can do is be proactive about improving quality habitat,” says Rick Young, Pheasants Forever's Vice President of Field Operations. “Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people who provide corn and other grains as food sources actually harm pheasants more than they help them.”

Why NOT to Feed Pheasants
The biggest reason to shy away from feeding pheasants is that feeders attract predators and expose pheasants to death by predation. Feeders give predators a focus point similar to a bait pile. In fact, it is rare for a pheasant to starve, but death by freezing can be common. Poorly-placed feeders may draw the pheasants out and away from their protective winter cover and cause birds to congregate and expend energy competing for food. Instead of saving birds, this actually adds to freezing deaths.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
02/28/2019
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

"While winter claims some wildlife every year, the impacts this winter will be most heavily felt by pheasants and quail. It’s the toughest winter we've seen since 2013-14."

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo
01/15/2019

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo

During the Christmas Bird Count on Friday, we encountered some Cedar Waxwings on the Raccoon River Valley trail. The tra...
12/17/2018

During the Christmas Bird Count on Friday, we encountered some Cedar Waxwings on the Raccoon River Valley trail. The trail can be a great place to see many species of wildlife with the sanctuary and resources that it provides during winter months.

Raccoon River Valley Trail annual  passes are available for 2019! You will have access to 89 total miles with a 72 mile ...
12/13/2018

Raccoon River Valley Trail annual passes are available for 2019! You will have access to 89 total miles with a 72 mile interior loop. For $10, they make great stocking stuffers. You can get them at the county conservation office or by registering at one of the trail head drop tubes. If you have any questions, please call!

This morning we closed off vehicle access to the bottoms of Nations Bridge Park. Again, the park remains open so feel fr...
11/26/2018

This morning we closed off vehicle access to the bottoms of Nations Bridge Park. Again, the park remains open so feel free to find a nice day to make use of the trails or come see the ice flows.

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo
11/25/2018

Guthrie County Conservation Board's cover photo

Reminder that tomorrow is National Take a Hike day! There are primitive trails located across the highway and throughout...
11/16/2018

Reminder that tomorrow is National Take a Hike day! There are primitive trails located across the highway and throughout Nations Bridge Park, Sutcliff Woodland (west of Guthrie Center), as well as the Raccoon River Valley Trail (don’t forget your trail pass)! Try to find some time to get out and enjoy some fresh air this weekend!

Lenon Mill Park and Nations Bridge Park facilities have been winterized for the season. The parks remain open to the pub...
10/29/2018

Lenon Mill Park and Nations Bridge Park facilities have been winterized for the season. The parks remain open to the public through the winter. Thank you for a great camping season and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Hunter Education class registration is open through the end of the weekend for July 10th and 11th. The 2-day course, inc...
07/07/2018
Upcoming Events - Hunter Education Classroom Course

Hunter Education class registration is open through the end of the weekend for July 10th and 11th. The 2-day course, including a field day, is in Panora. If you’re interested, additional information can be found here:

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.

The Guthrie County Conservation Board is accepting applications for a full-time Natural Resource Manager position.  Plea...
04/10/2018
MyCountyParks.com

The Guthrie County Conservation Board is accepting applications for a full-time Natural Resource Manager position. Please see the link for more details or call us at 641-755-3061.

MyCountyParks serves the Iowa area with outdoor recreation, environmental education, and natural resource protection.

The Raccoon River Valley Trail in Guthrie county has been blown off and is ready for the warmer weather. A reminder that...
04/10/2018

The Raccoon River Valley Trail in Guthrie county has been blown off and is ready for the warmer weather. A reminder that trail passes are required and can be purchased in our office or at one of the several self registration tubes on the trail.

The Guthrie County Conservation Board is accepting applications for a seasonal Conservation Aide.  Please see the inform...
03/20/2018
MyCountyParks.com

The Guthrie County Conservation Board is accepting applications for a seasonal Conservation Aide. Please see the information below for details. A job description can be found at https://www.mycountyparks.com/Jobs/B70808B9-E75B-47A5-84A0-5B0E1A0434AB/Conservation-Aide.aspx

DESCRIPTION: A seasonal position from May through August under the general supervision of full time staff of the Guthrie County Conservation Board. Duties include but are not limited to maintenance of parks and recreational trails with an emphasis on Lenon Mill Park and the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Applicants must be able to operate mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, tractors, and various other power tools.
TO APPLY: Applications may be obtained from the Guthrie County Conservation Board office or the Auditor’s office. Applications can be submitted to the Guthrie County Conservation Board, 206 W. South Street, Panora, IA 50216. For questions or for a full job description call 641-755-3061 or email to [email protected]
SALARY: $10.00 per hour, 40 hours per week
DEADLINE: April 13th, 2018
Guthrie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

MyCountyParks serves the Iowa area with outdoor recreation, environmental education, and natural resource protection.

It’s that time once again to close up Bluebird houses as they begin their return.  If you didn’t get them cleaned out la...
03/09/2018

It’s that time once again to close up Bluebird houses as they begin their return. If you didn’t get them cleaned out last fall be sure to do so now so they have a clean and easy nesting opportunity.

UPDATE:  The eagle is suffering from very high levels of lead poisoning and is very sick.  She has been given fluids and...
03/01/2018

UPDATE: The eagle is suffering from very high levels of lead poisoning and is very sick. She has been given fluids and meds and now we wait. We will post an update when we get one but this is a good time to remind everyone to use lead-free ammo. For more information about eagles and lead, please visit SOAR's (Saving our Avian Resources) website: http://soarraptors.org/eagles-and-lead/

We received a call this afternoon about an injured Bald Eagle. We were able to capture it with assistance from state conservation officer Jeremy King. It was taken to SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) to begin rehabilitation.

How long does it take you to find the shed antler hiding in this picture?
03/01/2018

How long does it take you to find the shed antler hiding in this picture?

02/26/2018
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The first egg is in the nest!

The first egg is in the Decorah North eagle nest! Watch our Raptor Resource Project eagle cams all day at this link: https://goo.gl/gqjdmV

The cold snowy weather made a good opportunity to see the sundog this morning!
01/15/2018

The cold snowy weather made a good opportunity to see the sundog this morning!

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206 W South St
Panora, IA
50216

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 01:00 - 16:30

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(641) 755-3061

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