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50 Years of Wilderness - Wild Iowa?
Jester Park Lodge- Polk CCB
Tuesday, September 2 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm

50 years ago, on September 3, 1964, the United States penned the Wilderness Act creating not only a new category of public lands, but also opened a new cultural paradigm for our relationship to the land. Join us on the eve of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary to celebrate wildness. Over the course of its 50 years the Wilderness Act has designated nearly 110 million acres as wild. Iowa does not have a single acre of federally designated Wilderness. Why? Does this mean we have no wildness in Iowa? This question leads us to examine just what is wilderness. Further, do we need wilderness – what is its value? Can we find wildness in Iowa? What is the future of wilderness and what role do we have in this future? Join us as we explore your answers to these and other questions.

Prairie Awakening – Native American Celebration
Saturday, September 6 ~ 3:00 to 8:00pm
Kuehn Conservation Area
For the 17th fall, we will gather in the arena at Kuehn, circled by tall grasses of the prairie, and we will step inside the stories of this place and experience the memories of our land. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating, and gather with us in the prairies to celebrate. Awaken your prairie and yourself in your prairie home. An evening meal will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the celebration. The event is free/no registration is required.


Hunter Education Class
Raccoon Valley Sportsman Club - Adel
Saturday, September 6, 2014 ~ 8 am - Noon

Registration closes noon Thursday, September 4, 2014.
This Class requires successful completion of the online class section.
 Please bring the completed certificate with you to this class.
Call 515-465-3577 with any questions.

Go to Hunter Education – Online Registration - Education Programs
Enter "Dallas" in space for County and "September" in space for month

Classroom space is limited: pre-registration is required; please have the following information ready when registering: date of birth, Social Security Number, mailing address and phone number

Click here to view our 2014 Summer Solstice Newsletter


Trees Along the TrailCopy of Planting Trees Along the Trail
This photo shows Dallas County Conservation Board (DCCB) staff members Mike Beeler, Doug Menz, Mike Murphy, and Doug Harlan standing next to one of the many trees that have been planted along the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) west of Waukee. This is part of the DCCB project called “Trees along the Trail”. Trees are being planted along sections of the RRVT, especially in areas that are wide open. Several trees were planted last fall and 38 trees were planted on May 7, 2014 by the DCCB staff. The trees planted this spring were made possible by a generous monetary donation from Mildred Miller. Also, Hoy Tree Farm donated 12 balled and burlapped trees for this project. Anyone interested in supporting the “Trees along the Trail” project in Dallas County can contact the DCCB office at 515-465-3577

2014 Raccoon River Valley Trail Permits

The RRVT Permit Order Forms (Daily & Annual) can be found at each of the trail heads. Fill out the form along with your correct amount of money, drop it in the tube and the permit will be mailed to you; or download our Annual Permit Order Form:

Click here to download your Raccoon River Valley Trail Annual Permit Order Form

Click to view Respect Public Property article by Mike Wallace, Director

This photo shows Dallas County Conservation Board receiving donations
to pave gravel trail crossings on the RRVT in Dallas County.
Gravel Crossing Donation Photo

From left to right in the photo:
Jim MillerDallas County Conservation Board member
Forest Ridgewayowner Bike World, $2400 donation
Mike Wallace Director, Dallas County Conservation Board
Danny Kruzicrepresenting Dee Zee Inc. ($2400 donation)
and representing a ($2400) donation from he and his wife Louisa.
Dan WillrichPresident, Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
There are still crossings that need to be paved. If you are interested in donating to pave all or part of a crossing for this project contact Mike Wallace, Dallas County Conservation Board, Director at 515-465-3577.

Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm


Mission Statement

"To promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people. To encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources in Dallas County. To cultivate good citizenship through environmental education by providing natural, historical, cultural, and recreational programs to the public. To plan, acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of the county, public parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, county forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas." 

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