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
The Natural Areas Management program annually burns 1200-2000 acres within Pottawattamie County. These acres consist of a mix of public and private land.
Natural Areas Management
The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board is unique in the fact that it operates it's own Natural Areas Management program. The Natural Areas Management
(NAM) program manages 2000 acres of publically owned land within the county, as well as assisting with privately owned land. The NAM program focuses on
maintaining natural areas within the county, as well as public education, school programs and continued facility improvements.
Hitchcock Nature Center is the headquarters for the Natural Areas Management program. Established in 2007, the NAM program currently has two fulltime staff and is assisted by seasonal interns. The mission of the NAM program is to restore and enhance the natural areas within the county to promote a healthier ecological system.
The three main landforms within Pottawattamie County are the Missouri River alluvial floodplain, the Loess Hills and the Southern Iowa Driftplain. The dry loess prairie, oak savanna and mesic oak woodlands within the Loess Hills contain some extremely rare plant and animal species. Through invasive species removal, a more natural fire regime and mechanical treatment to thin the woodlands, the NAM staff is promoting healthier natural areas with an improved hydrology and a more diverse ecological system.
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