About Louisa County Conservation Board

The Louisa County Conservation Board provides residents and area visitors with recreational opportunities as well as a wide variety of environmental education programs. Currently, Louisa County Conservation (LCC) protects 2,589 acres of natural resources at 18 areas including parks, wildlife areas, trails, boat accesses and more. Visitors to these areas can enjoy diverse activities including boating, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, and camping.

The daily operation of Louisa County Conservation -  a department of the government of Louisa County, Iowa - is accomplished with a team of paid staff led by the executive director.

Annual Report FY23

FY22-FY32 - Strategic Plan

Board Members

A volunteer board  appointed by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors oversees the budget and hiring of the director.  Volunteer board members are appointed to five-year, staggered terms, and may be reappointed for additional terms.  Board members must be citizens of Louisa County, at least 18 years of age, and show a demonstrated interest in conservation.  State law requires political subdivisions to make a good faith effort to balance most appointive boards, commissions, committees and councils according to gender since January 1, 2012.

Conservation Board member duties include: setting policies and budgets and determining the future direction for conservation in the county.   The Board of Supervisors accepts applications on a yearly basis and are usually due in mid-December.  Contact us for an application. Applications can be emailed to or dropped off at the Louisa County Auditor's office.

Historical Overview

The Louisa County Conservation Board, as well as the other 98 county conservation boards in the state of Iowa, is possible because of the County Conservation Law passed by the Iowa State Legislature in 1955.  That law, Chapter 350 (formerly Chapter 111A) of the Code of Iowa, gave counties the ability to create a county conservation board to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available museums, parks, preserves, recreational centers, forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, to promote the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing programs of public recreation (paraphrased from the Code of Iowa, Chapter 350, Section 1).

Under the jurisdiction of that code, the Louisa County Conservation Board was established by popular vote in 1967.  The Louisa County Conservation Board acquired its first two areas, the Cappy Russell Access and the River Forks Access, on August 1st, 1973.  On that date, the Conservation Board had 11 acres and no employees.

Approximately 70% of the board's funding comes from property taxes; with other funding coming from user fees, state payments, grants and other sources.  In the last 25 years, the Louisa County Conservation Board has brought more than $1,000,000 into the county through grants and other funding sources.

Current Board Members

  • Shawn Maine, Chair
  • Joellen Schantz, Vice-Chair
  • Elizabeth Kling, Sec/Treasurer
  • Josh Hardin
  • Vacant

LCC Regular Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Louisa County Conservation Board will be Monday July 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm at Virginia Grove Recreation Area, Main Shelter. Zoom will not be an option. Agenda will be posted here.

Board Meetings

Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

Board Meeting Information

The mission of the Louisa County Conservation Board is to provide an appreciation of Louisa County's natural resources through environmental education and recreation; and to manage our parks and natural areas for present and future generations.

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