County Naturalist Discussion Continues

Posted on 12 June 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—In 2012, Lisa Anderson served as the Boone County Environment Education Coordinator.  The position was based at the Boone County Landfill and was also supported by the Keep Boone County Beautiful program.  The Boone County Conservation Board had Naturalist Emily Klein working with the Conservation Department.  Both collaborated on educational programs and still conducted additional programs on their own.  Anderson resigned her position when her family relocated and the Boone County Supervisors asked Landfill Administrator Scott Smith to not fill the position right away in hopes of putting together a plan to have the two agencies share a Naturalist.  That has still not happened.  Now, the Conservation Commission has been presented an option to share a position with Iowa DNR at the Ledges State Park.

This week, the Conservation Commission heard about the program that’s already being used in Hamilton County, and could be set up at a couple of other state parks.  The Commission did ask for more information from the Iowa DNR, especially about the possibility of setting up a similar program in Boone County.  The Commission also wants time to visit with Naturalist Emily Klein to see how a sharing arrangement might work.

Commission members have been reluctant to enter into a sharing agreement because of past history.  A sharing arrangement between the Conservation Commission and the Landfill fell apart about 5-years ago which led to both agencies getting  their own personnel.  The Boone County Supervisors have felt that a sharing agreement will be more cost effective for Boone County.

Meanwhile, Klein continues to offer her educational programs and outdoor recreational activities to the public, including taking part in the summer reading programs while Landfill Administrator and Recycling Coordinator Scott Smith has picked up the Environmental Education programs for the county.

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