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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.

Rules & Regulations


Open Houses for ISU Research Park Greenbelt
Story County Conservation invites the public to attend an open house for the ISU Research Park Greenbelt on Tuesday, January 31 at the Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010. There will be two identical open house presentations, one beginning at 3:30 p.m. and another beginning at 6:30 p.m., each lasting approximately one hour. Members of the engineering team from Shive-Hattery, Wallace Roberts Todd, Great Ecology, Earthview Environmental, and E-Resources Group will present the draft master plan and receive questions and comments. 

These open houses offer an opportunity for the public to view and provide input on the draft master plan for the new county park in the ISU Research Park. The 37-acre park will be managed by Story County Conservation and will serve as a community learning space. It will be designed as a live learning laboratory that will showcase and explore conservation techniques including habitat restoration, water quality improvements, sustainable technologies, and land and water quality awareness. The park will also contain interconnected recreational trails. This collaborative approach to commercial development can be used to improve Story County’s economy, environment, and quality of life.

Story County is currently accepting applications from persons interested in serving on the Story County Conservation Board
The Story County Conservation Board is a five-member board appointed by the Story County Board of Supervisors.  Board members serve for five (5) year terms expiring December 31 at the end of the fifth year. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 5:30 PM at the Conservation Center, McFarland Park, 56461 180th Street, Ames, IA 50010. The Conservation Board shall have the custody, control, and management of all real and personal property acquired by the county for public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, county forests, county wildlife areas, and other county conservation and recreation purposes according to Iowa Code chapter 350. All meetings of the Story County Conservation Board are open to the general public.

All persons interested in serving on the boards and commissions identified above should complete and send the application identified at the link below to the Story County Board of Supervisors prior to Monday, April 3, 2017 by 5 PM at:

Story County Administration Building
900, 6th Street
Nevada, IA 50201

Additional questions regarding the Story County Conservation Board opening may be directed to Michael Cox, Conservation Director at or at 515-232-2516.  

2017 Partners Photo Contest
Don't forget to take photos for the 2017 Partners Photo Contest!
More information, rules, and entry form can be forms can be found here.
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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.

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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