Natural Resource & Land Management

Natural Resources & Land Management staff work to protect, preserve and enhance the natural resources of Linn County through conservation practices.

  • Orlan Love Prairie walk in trailRestore native ecosystems to improve wildlife habitat, natural resource functions and diversity
  • Prairie management to include establishment, removal of woody species and prescribed burning 
  • Manage areas identified within the 1,000 Acre Pollinator Initiative (VIDEO)
  • Conduct invasive species control
  • Manage timber resources, develop management plans, conduct timber stand improvement, crop tree release, and savanna restoration
  • Conduct tree and shrub plantings for habitat, reforestation, and park beautification
  • Manage and plant food plots for wildlife
  • Maintain and implement a hazard tree program to ensure public safety
  • Maintain crop leases for the conservation department as part of wildlife habitat program
  • Manage and restore wetlands for wildlife habitat, water quality, and flood control
  • Conduct landscaping of newly developed properties including trails and park improvement sites

Economic Benefits of Natural Areas

Linn County Conservation parks, preserves, natural areas and trails provide conservation education and outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors, thus translating into economic benefits to the region. Prairie, trees and forests, wetlands, and other forms of permanent cover within Linn County Conservation managed properties additionally provide economic value. 

The Economic Benefits of Natural Resource Properties Managed by Linn County Conservation Board (PDF)

Derecho Update

Morgan Creek Park, Wanatee Park, and Wickiup Hill Learning Center outdoor areas have mostly reopened following the August 2020 derecho. However, some select trails and park sections may be closed for safety reasons, ongoing debris removal, and/or reconstruction. Please observe signage and gate closures where applicable. Several other natural areas and trails may also have areas of debris but are available for public use.

Salvage Harvest

Linn County Conservation continues efforts to remove the devastation from areas impacted from August 2020 derecho while additionally taking steps to replenish the woodlands.

  • The Linn County Conservation Department received lump sum, sealed bids for 16 lots of cut logs. The salvage harvest of nearly 80 acres took place in the winter months of 2021 and 2022.

Derecho Forestry Management

  • The goal is to restore damaged forests to productive, pre-storm condition for wildlife habitat, soil and water quality, diversity, carbon storage, and public use. Restoration will be a long-term project with initial clean up and planting estimated to take 10 years. Ongoing maintenance and improvement will continue well in to the future.

Derecho: One Year Later

The August 10, 2020 derecho severely damaged our public parks that we have enjoyed over the years. Linn County Conservation continues to take steps to restore and replenish our woodlands. 

Frost Seeding

Many prairie species, like wildflowers, benefit from the cold and moist conditions to germinate when the soil temperature rises in the spring. Linn County Conservation continues its efforts to provide diverse prairies for pollinators within the County.