Meeting Space Cabin is Near Completion

Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over four years ago and continue to make progress by adding more cabins. Hamilton County Conservation Board will be done building their sixth cabin this summer. This cabin is at Briggs Woods Park by Webster City and has a different layout than its predecessors. This new cabin has a footprint of 25x36, with the loft being 18x46.  Whereas the Legacy and Lakeview cabins have a foot print of 25x32 and the loft is 16x30. Even just by looks the cabin seems much bigger. The purpose behind the different floor plan with an open layout concept on the first floor is to serve as a place the community and others can hold gatherings, parties, and classes in (I think I know where our next work meeting is being held!). The cabin will still serve its purpose...
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Another cabin in the plans

Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over three years ago and continue to make progress. Hamilton County Conservation Board looks to purchase and build one last cabin, for a total of six. This cabin will be placed at Briggs Woods Park by Webster City and will have a different layout than its predecessors. This new cabin will be the large size of the Legacy and Lakeview but consist of an open layout on the main level. The purpose of this floor plan is to hold classes, larger gatherings, parties, etc in. Going through records, we that the cabins have been a staple for family outings. You can stay all year around making any gathering a breeze. They are spacious, not to mention gorgeous, and a money saver as they are reasonably priced and with a full kitchen you can enjoy a...
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Cabins Going Up in Buena Vista County

Our Log Products program specializes in providing Iowa White Oak logs for cabins. Our log cabin logs have a history of quality and durability, and are not found in mainstream construction channels. Because of this we have had the opportunity to work with several County Parks and private individuals giving them the chance to build a cabin to stand a lifetime. The summer of 2014 Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Log Product Program secured a contract to supply Buena Vista County Conservation with our Iowa White Oak logs for the start of construction on a 25’ x 32’ two-loft cabin. Construction started late fall in 2014. The walls and roof are installed and completion of the cabin should be this summer. Mike will be making a service call on Wednesday, April 22nd to talk more with their contractor and the Buena Vista County Conservation Director to answer any questions they have and to offer advice on the continuation of construction. Using our native Iowa White...
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now!

Here is an answer to a question I had recently about if there are any value to soft maple trees that were blown down in a storm... Unfortunately soft maple trees are not worth much.  There are two major problems with these trees.   Trees that are from a yard, or a farmstead most loggers and sawmill will not be interested in because of the high possibility of having metal scrapes in them from such items as bird feeders, clothes lines, signs, swings, fences, etc. that are all fastened with nails or screws.  If you hit one these old nails or screws with your saw mill it could ruin a blade which could cost anywhere from $50 to $500 +.  The value of the wood out one of these yard trees does not come close to paying for the damaged saw blade.   The other problem with some storm damaged trees is the the same winds that blew them down or damaged them may have...
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Giving Back – Brandrup’s Timber Part 3

  This story is in three parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for each piece to learn more about The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”. Part 3 Pat and I could not have done this by ourselves.  It is also about partnerships, shared visions, and dedication of conservation minded organizations.  specifically, the Hamilton County Conservation Board, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Hamilton County Pheasants Forever, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Eagle Grove and Little Wall Lake Chapters of White Tails Unlimited, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Stamp Fund.  The opportunity to “Give Back” wouldn’t have happened without their help, support and shared visions for the future of everyone.” “Brandrup’s Timber” is 112 acres in size and is comprised of native timber, restored prairie grasses and wetland.  It is located 2 miles north of Webster City on White Fox Road and 1 mile west...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Featured on KCWI Great Day Morning Show

Prairie Rivers of Iowa had a great opportunity and was invited to be on KCWI Des Moines CW Channel 23 on Monday August 4th. Our Local Foods Coordinator, Ruth Powell and our Marketing Coordinator, Jessica Johnson talked about a variety of topics but their main focus was the Local Food Cycle coming up on September 7th. Their interview first started off with Jackie (Great Day show host) talking to Jessica about what Prairie Rivers of Iowa is and does for Iowans. You can view the clip below to listen to Jessica talk about our organization with the example of our Log Products Program and the cabins of Hamilton County. We then continue on with Lou (Great Day show host) asking Ruth about the Local Foods Cycle. Ruth talked about the great ride for the taste buds that we have coming up September 7th. This ride will start in Moore Memorial Park and continue on for 40 miles visiting different farms with food...
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Giving Back – Brandrup’s Timber Part 2

This story is in three parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for each piece to learn more about The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”.   Part 2 My grandparents started to acquire the land in the 1940’s and our family has owned the land since.  It is this land that taught me the work ethic of agriculture, instilled the life long passion for hunting and fishing, and the marvel of nature that guided me into a career in forestry and natural resource management.  It is this land that has provided the resources to help sustain five generations of Brandrup’s.   As my wife Pat and I began to look to the future we realized we had the opportunity to do something that maybe hadn’t happened since the time of settlement, or the time the ownership of the land was granted to one person.  We had the opportunity...
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Giving Back – Brandrup’s Timber

This story is in three parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for each piece to learn more about The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”. Part 1 The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”.  The story of this land and its designation as public land begins with Mike and Pat Brandrup and their story of the lands journey. “The land we call our farm was once part the Native American culture, owned by no one and shared by all, and used for centuries.   In 1803 the United States government acquired the land as part of the Louisiana Purchase. According to the land abstracts, our farm was deeded from the federal government to a private individual in the 1854, and has been owned by over 30 individual and families.  During the 160 years...
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