Des Moines County Conservation manages 19 individual parks, recreation areas, river accesses and wildlife areas encompassing more than 2,000 acres. In addition, the DMCCB is home to Starr's Cave Nature Center and Big Hollow Recreation Area.
Des Moines County Conservation is dedicated to the sustainability of natural resources through land stewardship, conservation education and by providing quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
A Vison for Land Stewardship
Des Moines County Conservation will “lead by example” in the management of lands, waters and facilities under its control.
A Vision for Conservation Education
Des Moines County Conservation will develop an environmentally responsible community.
A Vision for Outdoor Recreation
Des Moines County Conservation will create and maintain places to go that provide and encourage public participation in outdoor recreation.
A Vision for Department Administration
Des Moines County Conservation will strive to operate with the highest degree of efficiency and fiscal responsibility while providing the highest level of customer service.
The conservation department is governed by a five-person volunteer board. Conservation Board members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serve five-year terms. The Des Moines County Conservation Board meets the first Wednesday of every month.
Des Moines County Conservation prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.