ALERT: Full hookup sites now available at Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, and Hitchcock Nature Center for $30 per night.
ALERT: Closure of L-55 Bridge over I-80 (exit 23) to Arrowhead Park scheduled for July 1st. May be closed through early August.

Land Management

Restoring health to the land.

“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” — Aldo Leopold

The Natural Areas Management (NAM) program's mission is to restore and enhance Pottawattamie County's natural areas to promote a healthier ecological system. 

High-quality natural areas are vital to the health of our ecosystem, improving air and water quality, biodiversity, and the environments we love to look at and play in. As the most ecologically altered state in the country, we must protect what's left.

Our dedicated team employs a variety of practices to improve the integrity of more than 2,000 acres of public land in Pottawattamie County. Natural Areas Management also assists private landowners with their conservation goals, helps improve the quality of roadside rights-of-way, and supports environmental education programming. 

Learn more about our land management methods below or explore NAM's Guiding Principles.

Land Management Staff Members

Chad Graeve

Natural Resource Specialist
chad.graeve@pottcounty-ia.gov
712-545-5832

The Natural Resource Specialist is responsible for natural areas management on all county owned properties and operation of private lands program.

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Aric Ping

Natural Resource Technician
aric.ping@pottcounty-ia.gov
712-328-5836

The Natural Resources Technician is responsible for assisting the Natural Resource Specialist with development and implementation of land management plans and presentation of education programs and projects that promote conservation ethics, natural resource appreciation and county parks, facilities, and properties.

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Jeremy Yost

Natural Resource Technician
jeremy.yost@pottcounty-ia.gov
712-328-5749

The Natural Resources Technician is responsible for assisting the Natural Resource Specialist with development and implementation of land management plans and presentation of education programs and projects that promote conservation ethics, natural resource appreciation and county parks, facilities, and properties.

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