In 1955 the Iowa State Legislature passed a law permitting counties to establish county conservation boards, with five members appointed to five-year terms by the Board of Supervisors. The Osceola County Conservation Board was subsequently authorized in the general election of 1967, with the purpose being the acquisition and development of county parks, preserves, wildlife and other conservation areas. This program is supported by a tax levy in an amount determined by the Board of supervisors, state and federal grants, and donations from private sources.
The increasing leisure time available to all segments of our society has resulted in an increasing demand for outdoor recreation opportunities. The Osceola County Conservation Board administers 43 areas, comprising 1,600 acres of land dedicated to public use and enjoyment. This program seeks to ensure that in coming years all Osceola County citizens and guests may have ample opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty, natural resources and recreational potential for our area. This continuing program needs your support. The Osceola County Conservation Board invites you to show your support through responsible use of these areas. Enjoy them at every opportunity, and remember to leave them as you would like to find them.