Polk County Contacts for Wildlife Habitat Programs and Consultation

District Forester

Iowa DNR District Foresters are professional foresters that work with private landowners as well as public lands in regions throughout the state. They can help landowners with any practice on forested lands, including timber sales, tree planting, improving wildlife habitat or timber quality, or with cost share assistance programs and tax incentive programs.

Iowa DNR
Aaron Wright
Cell:
515-238-6377
1436 255th St.
Boone, IA 50036
United States

Forestry Specialist

Iowa DNR has District Foresters and Forestry Specialists to help with forest stewardship on private lands. District foresters and Forestry Specialists can help landowners with any practice on forested lands, including timber sales, tree planting, improving wildlife habitat or timber quality, or with cost share assistance programs and tax incentive programs.

Iowa DNR
Amber Thompson
Cell:
515-240-0122
2248 125th St.
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
United States

Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)

Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) Offices cover every county in Iowa and have a staff that work exclusively with private landowners to improve soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat through federal land conservation programs.

Polk County Field Office
Office:
515-964-1883
1513 North Ankeny Boulevard, Ste. 3
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States

Private Lands Biologist

There is a network of Private Lands Biologists in Iowa that serve similar roles and often work together to help landowners find the right help and programs. Here’s a list of the entities involved in private lands programs in the state indexed in this section. 

  • The Iowa DNR has a Private Lands Program with wildlife biologists and specialists that cover every county in Iowa and work with private landowners for wildlife habitat restoration projects. These biologists work closely with NRCS offices and other private lands programs in the state to make sure you find the right help.
  • Pheasants Forever has a network of wildlife biologists that cover multi-county regions in most areas in the state. These biologists are partnership positions with NRCS, IDALS, SWCDs and work in county USDA offices to help landowners with technical assistance, conservation planning and help to enroll in conservation practices that are favorable to pheasants and quail and many other wildlife in Iowa.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program that employs biologists to work with private landowners on wildlife habitat projects on their land that benefit species like bats and migratory birds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a mandate to help protect. 
  • This section also includes a grab-bag of other professionals, employed by non-profit organizations, municipalities, or other governmental organizations that work with private landowners on strategic projects throughout the state, primarily within focus watersheds.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Darrick Weissenfluh
Office:
515-928-2523
Cell:
515-320-5636
Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge
1710 360th Street
Titonka, IA 50480
United States
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The information contained on the Wildlife Contacts Application on this website is an amalgamation of publicly-available information. Inclusion of entities in the application does not imply endorsement by Iowa State University or affiliates. Please contact Adam Janke (ajanke@iastate.edu) with any questions about the application.