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KCCB Aquires New Wildlife Area
October 2018

The Kossuth County Conservation Board recently completed the acquisition of 153 acres of land in the southern part of the county for wildlife habitat and public recreation. The tract is located in Section 26 of Riverdale Township, about .5 miles north of St Joe on the west side of US Highway 169. The acquisition, known as the David T. McGuire & Family Wildlife Area was previously owned by Diane McGuire.  This area contains a diverse mix of upland and wetland habitat and is located adjacent to the East Fork of the Des Moines River.  The bottomlands contain a mix of wetland vegetation including cattails and cool season grasses. The upland areas have been converted to native grasses and around 13 acres on the west side was recently cropped.  This diverse habitat area will provide home to a variety of game species including Ring-necked pheasants, Hungarian partridge, Canada Geese, a variety of waterfowl species, as well as the common furbearers. Numerous nongame species can also be found on and around the area.

Funding for this acquisition came from a variety of sources including grants, KCCB Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) funds and private donations. Grants received included a Wildlife Habitat Stamp Grant and a grant from the Iowa Pheasants Forever State Trust Fund. Private conservation organizations providing funding for this project include the East Fork Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Kossuth, Winnebago/Hancock, Palo Alto, Emmet and Humboldt County Pheasants Forever Chapters. Thanks to all these organizations and the men and woman who purchased a habitat stamp in assisting in this acquisition.

The tract is open to the public for hunting, trapping, bird watching and other compatible uses and can best be accessed on the west side of the property along County Road 115th Ave.


New Frisbee Golf Course
May 2018

Siems Park has a new nine-hole frisbee golf course located throughout the park. The course begins across the road from the enclosed shelter. Frisbee discs are available to borrow for free by contacting the Camp Host on duty. Thanks to the Whittemore Gun Club and local volunteers for purchasing the equipment and installing the course.