Wapello County Conservation Board2020-03-11T13:49:36+00:00

Welcome to the

Wapello County Conservation Board Website

In 1977, the people of Wapello County voted to establish a county conservation board for the purpose of purchasing and developing lands for parks, hunting and fishing access and other recreational uses in the county.

Today all of Iowa’s 99 counties have a County Conservation Board. Wapello County was the 98th county to establish it’s Board, consequently it is one of the youngest conservation boards in the state.

As of the fall of 2016, the Wapello County Conservation Board manages twelve areas totaling over 2077 acres. The board is also progressing toward additional purchases that will enhance our resource base and public property for its citizens.  In combination, these areas provide extremely diverse habitats providing residents with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as picnicking, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting and fishing.

Want to serve on the Wapello CCB Board? Here’s what you need to know.

Are you a supporter of conservation, outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing or just the natural world? Have you ever thought of joining the Wapello County Conservation Board? The Wapello CCB is a volunteer board of residents appointed by the Wapello County Supervisors. The board supports the mission – “To create awareness of our natural environment by providing quality outdoor experiences.

As a board member, you represent the citizens of Wapello County for the purpose of fulfilling our mission (as stated above) through park developments, protection of unique environments, environmental education, and promoting the Wapello CCB. The term for a board member is 5 years, and the Wapello CCB meets one time monthly – with special meetings held as needed). A board member seat comes up for appointment each year, and all applications will be considered at that time.


If you are interested and willing to serve on the Wapello County Conservation Board, fill out the application linked below and return with a cover letter to the Wapello County Conservation Board office by mail or e-mail. An application does not guarantee a position on the Wapello CCB, but your application will be kept on file for three years.

Wapello CCB Board Application Packet

1339 Highway 63
Bloomfield, IA 52537

Current News

Wapello CCB Offices Closed

The Wapello County Conservation Board is continuing to follow the recommendations of federal, state and local government in keeping our facilities closed to the public. On recommendation of the governor, our facilities will remain closed until at least April 30. Staff currently continue to be in the office to answer phone calls and e-mails, and also continue to practice land management at our areas. We will keep you informed as things change. The trails at all parks remain open for hiking. With the wet trails, the trails remain closed to …

Horseback Trails Status

04/03/2020: All trails at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area remain CLOSED to horseback riders and bicycles. Thank you for helping us keep our trails in good condition by not riding on wet trails.