Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fayette County Conservation Boards 2017 Camping Season Fee's

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gouldsburg Park
$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity
$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson

Dutton’s Cave Park
$8.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity

Goeken Park

Twin Bridges Park
Echo Valley State Park

Friday, April 14, 2017

Iowa Mowing Law Designed to Protect Roadside Habitats

The Fayette County Conservation Boards Roadside Integrated Management Department wants to reminds Iowans to protect roadside habitat for nesting game birds and song birds this spring and early summer.

According to Iowa Code 314.17, mowing roadside ditches is restricted until July 15, to protect young pheasants and other ground-nesting birds until they are ready to fledge. The law, which applies to county secondary roads as well as state primary and interstate highways, also protects habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects, including crop-pest predators.

Exceptions for visibility and weed control are built into the law, but non-essential mowing – including cutting for hay – is prohibited.

Iowa Code 314.17 states: Mowing roadside vegetation on the rights-of-way or medians on any primary highway, interstate highway, or secondary road prior to July 15 is prohibited, except as follows:

-Within 200 yards of an inhabited dwelling
-On right-of-way within one mile of the corporate limits of a city
-To promote native species of vegetation or other long-lived and adaptable vegetation
-To establish control of damaging insect populations, noxious weeds and invasive plant species
-For visibility and safety reasons
-Within rest areas, weigh stations and wayside parks
-Within 50 feet of a drainage tile or tile intake
-For access to mailbox or for other accessibility purposes
-On right-of-way adjacent agricultural demonstration or research plots

Iowa’s roadsides provide a valuable refuge for wildlife. The mowing law serves as a reminder to only mow shoulders during the critical nesting season and leave the rest of the roadside for the birds.

For more information, see a brochure called Iowa’s Mowing Law for Roadsides, available at: tallgrassprairiecenter.org/irvm-brochures
Wildwood Nature Center
Gilbertson Nature Center

For additional information contact:
Blake W. Gamm
Roadside manager/Deputy Director
Wildwood Nature Center
18673 Lane Road
Fayette, Iowa 52142
1-563-425-3613 (Office)
1-563-422-5146 (Office)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hunter Education Safety Class

Gilbertson Nature Center
Saturday, March 25, 2017,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Participants must Pre-Register by March 17, 2017 to be able to participate in the class.

Participants must Pre-Register on line by going to the following link: https://register-ed.com/programs/iowa/151-hunter-education-classroom-course

Once you or your child are registered  online to take the class please remember to contact the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net, to make arrangements on how to get a study guide to do the required chapter reviews for the first day of class.

Hunter Safety Education Class is required according to Iowa law; any one born after January 1, 1972 is required to complete and pass a Hunter Education Safety Class to be able to purchase an Iowa Hunting License.  This certification will also meet the requirements of other states.

Participants must be a minimum of 11 years of age.

This is a Regular Classroom Hunter Education Safety Class NOT an Internet Field Test.

Attendance is required for each of the full two days!

For information call Dawn at the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Enjoy Winter = with an Up Date!

Up Date!
Ron Lenth with the Fayette County Extension Office is still doing the program today at the Oelwein Library!
But the Naturalist from the Fayette County Conservation Board has decided to stay safe and not travel down to Oelwein due to the Heavy Fog making visibility only 1/4 mile or less in the Elgin area and 0 miles in the Oelwein area.
Stay Safe Everyone, the Naturalist hope you enjoy the program with Ron.

Thank you to all who did safely travel to see the program, safe travels home.

Enjoying Winter with Bird Feeding and
Outdoor Activities Program

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Oelwein Public Library

Come to the Oelwein Public Library to learn some ideas for enjoying winter outdoor activities.

Speakers will be covering winter activities ranging from bird feeding to outdoor sports.

Free and open to the public with a food donation which will be given to area food pantries.

Guest speaker Dawn Amundson, Fayette County Conservation Environmental Education Coordinator, will be sharing how to make your own feeders, plus winter sports equipment available at their center in Elgin.

Covering how to identify different bird species and feeding, and wildlife habitats will be Ron Lenth, Fayette ISU Extension Program Educator.  Bird feeding and watching is the nation’s largest winter outdoor activity.

For further information, contact the Fayette ISU Extension office at 563-425-3331.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

WANTED! Your Real Christmas Tree

We are looking for Christmas trees for fish structure at Gilbertson Conservation Education Area.

If you are looking to get rid of your Christmas tree make sure the decorations are all off.

Drop it off next to the shelter by the petting zoo. 

Thank you in advance!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Map 2016 Public Hunting Boundaries at Gilbertson Conservation Education Area

Here is a link to a map of the 2016 Public Hunting Boundaries at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area.

This is a PDF downloadable / printable black and white map.


Monday, November 7, 2016

$100,000 Grant Received for Trail Project in Fayette County

Fayette County Conservation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP.

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa's natural and cultural resources.  15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities and counties for projects that help establish natural areas, and encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

This grant was made possible through the Fayette County Conservation Board’s partnership with the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) and Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D). The grant money will be used for expansion of the TRRC Trail from the City of Elgin to Gilbertson Conservation Education Area through the construction of a pedestrian bridge across the Turkey River and a paved walking trail through the park complex.

This money will not only benefit Elgin and Fayette County residents, but also visitors to the TRRC.  It will create pedestrian and bicycle connections so residents and visitors can safely and comfortably move between Elgin and Gilbertson Park. This project is part of a larger initiative to develop, improve, and add to the Northeast Iowa trails system that will eventually span from Guttenberg and the Cassville Ferry to Lanesboro, Minnesota.

In its 27 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $250 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars.  Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.

Local Contact is: Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Conservation Director