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Conservation LogoResponsibilities & Services
The mission of Story County Conservation (SCC) is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Story County:
  • Educating citizens to be wise caretakers of our natural environment
  • Providing recreational opportunities
  • Wisely managing our natural resources

SCC manages over 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation and takes an active role in developing and managing wildlife habitat throughout the county, including assistance to private landowners. SCC also oversees the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program.

Rules & Regulations

In an effort to reduce the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) and protect our natural resources, the Story County Conservation Board prohibits the importation of firewood from outside the county into Story County Conservation parks and natural areas. To learn more about EAB and SCCB's firewood resolution, click here.
News and Announcements - View All News

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail Segment Closed
A small section of the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail will be closed to users for maintenance starting Tuesday, May 27. The closed section is located in Collins at the intersection of HOINT and U.S. Highway 65. Read on...
Story County Conservation Board Passes Resolution Prohibiting Importation of Firewood into SCC Areas
To protect Iowa and Story County natural resources, the Story County Conservation Board, in conjunction with the State of Iowa, has joined in an effort to reduce the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) by restricting the transportation of firewood. Read on...

Story County Conservation Center
56461 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010

Ph: (515) 232-2516
Fax: (515) 232-6989

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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