Linn County’s conservation board was created in 1958 through a public vote — just three years after Iowa lawmakers passed the Iowa Conservation Law allowing counties to create their own conservation boards.
The board has the authority to acquire, develop and maintain land for parks, recreation areas and conservation areas. This year the board has a budget of roughly $2 million.
Its members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serve staggered five-year terms, with one term expiring every year.
More than 30 Linn County residents have served on the board since its inception.
But while its faces have changed, the board has maintained its focus, said Dan Biechler, who has been with Linn County’s Conservation Department for more than 40 years and has spent the past 29 as conservation director.
“I think here in Linn County, the boards have stayed very consistent with protecting natural resources, promoting health and wellness, providing outdoor recreation experiences, environmental awareness and conservation education,” he said.