Botna Bend Park
Hitchcock Nature Center
Narrows River Park
Old Town Park
Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area
Pheasants Forever Habitat Area
KinderNature Preschool Programs
Summer Camp Programs
To provide resources and opportunities that encourage county residents and visitors to appreciate Pottawattamie County's unique natural resources, develop a connection to the natural environment, and foster responsible stewardship for future generations.
In 1955, the State of Iowa authorized each county in Iowa the ability to form a County Conservation Board with some revenues from property taxes to be dedicated to the conservation of natural areas and for the education and recreation of the public. The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board (PCCB) was established in 1960. The first county park, Arrowhead Park, was purchased in 1962.
The PCCB currently has a five member board appointed by the Pottawattamie Board of Supervisors.
(2016 Board Members From left: Paul Koch, Mary L. Kramer, Eric Hough, Joyce Isaacson, & Chris Ruhaak)
Chris Ruhaak, President, Appointed July 2008
Chris Ruhaak owns and operates a photography and design studio in Council Bluffs, Iowa. A life-long avid outdoorsman, Chris shares his love of the outdoors with his wife Melanie and two boys Alexander and Jackson. Chris is active in the community, and due to the nature of his business interacts with thousands of people every year. Chris believes that it's important to stress environmental education and expansion of Pottawattamie County Parks.Rick Saar, President, Appointed February 2011
Joyce Isaacson, Vice President, Appointed March 2013
Joyce has worked for the East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau for the past 15 years as an administrative assistant. She served on the East Pottawattamie County Extension Board in the early 1990’s and is an active volunteer for community organizations including the Macedonia Museum, Magic in Motion, and Pottawattamie community schools. Joyce’s passion for nature keeps her outdoors and translates into her hope to see parks and nature preserved for future generations. After spending her entire life living in town, Joyce and her husband moved to the country in 2006 and raise a variety of animals. They have two children and three grandchildren, Caeden, Teagan, and McCoy.
Paul Koch, Secretary, Appointed February 2008
Paul Koch is the primary creative artist and produces all of the works for Pottery by the Creek and teaches pottery classes at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts. From 1989 to 2002 Paul was the Executive Director at the Siena/Francis House, a homeless shelter for men and women located in Omaha, Nebraska. Paul also sits on the Credit Advisors Foundation and has previously been on the boards of Visiting Nurses Association, NCADD and Greater Omaha Community Action Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory.
Eric Hough, Member, Appointed October 2014
A native of Underwood Iowa Eric holds a degree in Accounting & Management Information Systems from Creighton University. After 8 years in corporate America he returned to his roots and became a 6th generation farmer. His background in both finance & agriculture led him to seek out the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board. He shares his love of the outdoors with his wife Heidi & hopes to preserve natural spaces for the education & enjoyment of his two children.
Mary Kramer, Member, Appointed January 2016
Bio coming soon.
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