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