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


  Clay County, Iowa - Conservation Board

The Clay County Conservation Board employees implement the policies of the five member Conservation Board. In doing so, they serve as the natural resource managers of their areas. Some of the duties of the Conservation Board include working to enhance and protect Clay county's diverse Natural resources by providing outdoor recreation, environmental education, and management of roadsides through the Intergraded Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Program.

Clay County Conservation Board Members:

Lee Schoenewe, Spencer, Chairman
John Sheridan, Greenville, Vice-Chair
Michelle Lachner, Spencer, Secretary
Ron Creswell, Spencer, Member
Darrell Frerichs, Ruthven, Member

Open Board Meeting is held on the
second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm in the
Conservation Board office.



SCHARNBERG PARK CAMPGROUND
62 camp sites available. Camping is 1st come 1st serve basis.
Three cabins available.
Please call for cabin reservations 712-262-2187, or visit the website to make your reservations online.

Scharnberg Park Website



Clay County's Natural Wonders - Did you know?
Clay County is home to Bald Eagles!  Along the Little Sioux River from Spencer to Gillett Grove on March 24, 2001 Conservation Board member Lee Schoenewe saw 29 Bald Eagles in less than an hour!! Lee thinks this was the peak of their migration north this year!
Clay County attracts many non resident deer hunters!
Clay County has in excess of 15 miles of trails in managed areas!
The largest northern pike caught in Iowa in the past 10 years was caught at the Schmerse Wildlife area in 1997!
Clay County boasts many native prairie plants!
There are 13 conservation areas in Clay County with facilities for camping, canoeing, hunting and more!


The Clay County Conservation Board maintains their own website. For more information or applicable forms, please CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Clay County Conservation Logo
Address of
Conservation Board's office:
420 10 Ave SE
Spencer, IA 51301


Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.


Phone Number:
(712) 262-2187

FAX Number:
(712) 262-2856


Office holder name:
Director
Dan Heissel


Employees in
Conservation Board's Office:

Chief Ranger
Kevin Maassen

Ranger
Mike Skonhovd

Ranger
Travis Riley

Roadside Manager
Marc Gustafson

Naturalist
Stacie Young

Secretary
Elaine Orthman


Conservation Forms:
Downloadable forms used in the Conservation Office

Conservation Board's Links:
Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards

Native Prairie Plants

Conservation Areas
 
             

Rural Clay County

Railroad leading through Dickens

Rural Clay County

Little Sioux River