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The mission of Story County Conservation (SCC) is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Story County by wisely managing our natural resources, by providing recreational and leisure opportunities, and by educating citizens to be wise caretakers of our natural environment.

SCC manages over 3,000 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.



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Hickory Grove Lake Restoration - Public Meeting 9/12/17
The public is invited to a meeting at Hickory Grove Park's Oriole Ridge Lodge (67466 250th Street, Colo) on Tuesday, September 12, 6:30pm to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Hickory Grove Lake in Story County. 

Restoration activities planned for the park will be presented at the meeting, along with an opportunity for the public to express their comments and ask questions about the long term management and improvement plan. Construction planned will include in-park watershed improvements to stabilize areas that are actively eroding within the park and rehabilitate existing sediment catch basins to prevent nutrient and sediment pollution from entering the lake. Planned in-lake restoration work includes the removal of excess sediment from arms of the lake, shoreline stabilization fish habitat improvements, and updating the lake’s outlet infrastructure. Work is slated to begin this fall and will likely be completed in the next 2-4 years. 

Hickory Grove Lake is currently listed on the State’s list of Impaired Waters due to high levels of indicator bacteria (E.coli) and algae. The overall goal of this restoration project is to improve water quality and recreational opportunities at the lake and remove the lake from the Impaired Waters List. 

Anyone with an interest in water quality, watershed management, or improved angling and other outdoor recreation opportunities is encouraged to attend.


2017 Operation Releaf - 10/19/17

Story County Conservation is hosting another Operation Releaf event! If you are an Alliant Energy customer and are interested in purchasing trees to maximize the energy efficiency of your home, complete and return this order form. 

 


Sensitive Natural Areas Inventory

We are working towards an updated inventory of the natural areas throughout the county. Click here to learn more and view a map.



Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor - Master Plan


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Update on Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor:

Following the Story County Board of Supervisor’s approval of the master plan at the February 14 board meeting, construction on Phase I for the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor is set to begin by the end of February. The master plan, which was unveiled at two open houses in January and received public comment, describes a space designed as a live learning laboratory showcasing and exploring conservation techniques. The 37-acre park demonstrates a collaborative approach to commercial development that will improve Story County’s economy, environment, and quality of life.


Phase I work will focus on stream restoration and bank stabilization. The deeply incised stream channel is mostly forested and dominated by highly invasive understory species. Select areas of forested riparian zone will be removed to re-establish the historic plant community — tallgrass prairie with scattered trees. In other areas along the stream, existing trees will remain, and invasive understory plants (predominantly honeysuckle) will be removed. The stream will then be accessible for reshaping and stabilizing the banks.


While it appears that a lot of habitat is being destroyed, removal of the low quality, early successional and invasive species will create a healthier and more functional system. The restoration of historic, native vegetation will better keep the soil in place, reducing erosion and incision of the channel.


For more information, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email us at .







Emerald Ash Borer
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.





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

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

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

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