Conservation Department

County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View

Conservation Staff


 Greg Johnson

Adminstrative Assistant

Danette Morgan


Katie Struss


Darwin Reese

Todd Anderson

Phone: 712 -295 -7985


377 440th Street
Peterson, IA 51047

Conservation Department

The Buena Vista County Conservation Board was established in 1958. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, each for a five year term. The Conservation Board was established to acquire, develop and maintain parks and conservation areas, promote and preserve the general welfare of people, encourage conservation of natural resources and cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs for public recreation.

The Buena Vista County Conservation Board meets monthly, usually the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at the Buena Vista County Courthouse prior to the meeting.

Currently the Board oversees 16 areas containing over 1100 acres. The areas include developed park and wildlife areas where the public can enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching and other outdoors activities`.

The Board employs a full-time naturalist whose major commitment is educating children through programs in the schools. The naturalist works closely with teachers to enhance the school curriculum. Programs are also given to scout groups, retirement homes, civic groups and clubs. Daycamps and library programs are promoted during the summer. 

2017 Buena Vista County Conservation Board Members:

Chairman: Rick Meyer

Vice-Chairman: Jeff Kestel

Member: Mark Kirkholm

Member: Dr. Melinda Coogan

Member: Jim Wischmeyer

Buena Vista County Conservation has Facebook. Click here visit our page. Be sure to stop by our mycountyparks page too.