Howard County Conservation Board


11562 Valley Ave Cresco, IA 52136

Mailing Address

PO Box 157, Cresco, IA 52136


Harold Chapman, Director


563.547.3634 office
641.985.2127 (Lake Hendricks)




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The Howard County Conservation Board (HCCB) was authorized by a vote of the people at a general election in 1956, for the purpose of acquiring and developing county parks, preserves, wildlife areas, forests and other conservation areas and to encourage the wise management of our natural resources. The goal of the Howard County Conservation Board is to encourage awareness and enjoyment of our natural resources by providing a better understanding of our environment.

Howard County is fortunate to be blessed with an abundance of wildlife and is rich in natural resources. Three major rivers, the Wapsipinicon, Turkey and Upper Iowa, along with Crane Creek, many tributary streams and ponds intermingling through a diversity of woodland, native prairie, and wetlands, all contribute to the creation of the landscape in Howard County.

Howard County Parks are a great way to discover outdoor recreational opportunities. Activities provided are numerous and include hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating and canoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, bike riding, firearm shooting, nature study, bird watching, photography, softball, volleyball and archery.

The HCCB provides the public with approximately 2000 acres, 35 county conservation managed areas, helping to conserve out natural resources, preserve scenic sites, and discover outdoor recreation opportunities in Howard County.

Conservation Staff

  • Harold Chapman – Conservation Director
  • Ryan Sindelar – Park Ranger
  • Jeff Korsmo – Park Ranger
  • Craig Fencl – Park Ranger
  • Angela Bries – Naturalist

Current Conservation Board Members:

  • Dennis Christensen, Chairman
  • Don Burnikel, Vice-Chairman
  • Diane Kueker, Secretary
  • Mike Natvig, Member
  • Gerry Haar, Member


  • Monday – Friday 8:00am –  Noon / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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