Wildlife population on private lands can be improved by increasing the
carrying capacity of your land for wildlife. LCCB provides Wildlife
LCCB - Wildlife Management Information
|Wildlife population on private lands can be improved by
increasing the carrying capacity of your land for wildlife. Including wildlife
in your total farming plan restoring soil fertility, and applying sound water
quality management can all be developed hand in hand. Proper planning will
provide more and better food, cover and water for wildlife and, at the same time
improve living conditions for both people and livestock.
THE PRIVATE LANDOWNER
Nature, through her amazing power of reproduction, will restock new
wildlife in homes as fast as we can provide them. Help is available through the
Lee County Conservation Board (LCCB) to assist with wildlife management planning
and fishery development on private lands.
Upon request, a Wildlife Manager will schedule a tour of your land and help you
develop a program that is suitable to your land-use operation and to your
What does it cost? There are no charges for this service. Special planting
materials that may be recommended are usually available at a cost from a state
or private nursery. Cost share may also be available.
Where do I get the materials? The Lee County Conservation Board in cooperation
with the Lee County Chapter Pheasants Forever has information and materials
What are some of the Wildlife Recommendations? Wildlife management
recommendations vary because all agricultural and livestock practices must be
considered as the plan is developed. Farms are different, as are the landowners.
Annual Food Plots: Provide a high quality winter food supply
for quail, rabbit, deer, turkey and many song and field birds.
Wildlife Shrubs: Provide a variety of natural foods; escape
cover, and homing areas. These plants are excellent additions to existing field
borders and woodland edges where food and cover are lacking.
Windbreaks and Shelter Belts: Both man and wildlife share the
direct benefits offered by windbreaks. Protective plantings shield the farmstead
and livestock from winter winds and provide wildlife cover in areas where it may
be lacking. Shelterbelts between fields greatly reduce wind erosion on
Pond and Lake Improvements: Managed ponds and lakes attract
wildlife. A few of the additional benefits are fishing opportunities, water for
household and livestock use, fire protection, erosion control and water
conservation. Management of small lakes and ponds can produce dramatic results.
Aquatic plant and fish management increases healthy fish and wildlife
Improved Field Borders: Special plantings and field borders
that are not mowed create natural wildlife areas. Most farm game species are
dwellers of the edge (where woods and field meet).
Brush Piles: Brush piles provide escape cover, roost sites, new
food areas, and offer protection from severe winter weather.
Woodlot Management and Tree Planting: Woodland wildlife species
benefit greatly as a result of planned woodland management. Small, protected
plantings of pine or cedar will produce long-lasting winter cover for many
species of wildlife. Plantings and woodlot management also furnish posts and
lumber as another direct reward for your labor.
Ditches, Gullies and Odd Areas: These areas are not suited to
agricultural production but they will produce a large crop of wildlife. Leave
all of these areas protected from livestock, and install plantings where they
are needed. A well-vegetated ditch or gully also protects the soil from erosion.
Wetland Management: Iowa landowners can make their wetland
areas support more waterfowl by adopting management practices that have been
proven to increase wetland carrying capacity for waterfowl and shore birds.
Lee County, Iowa, is located in the heart of the Mississippi Valley “Flyway.”
Prairies, forests, and rivers meet in this county attracting a great variety of
wildlife species. As landowners, we have an opportunity to enhance these
resources. The quality of life that we enjoy in Lee County is reflected in the
abundance and quality of wildlife species that our lands produce.
Wildlife management is very flexible and can be shaped to your land. All you
need to do is to show your interest. Contact the Lee County Conservation Office
at the numbers and address listed below.
Help is also available through your local Natural Resource Conservation Service
Office, or Iowa State Extension Office located in Donnellson, Iowa. You may also
contact your district Iowa Department of Natural Resources Office located in
If you have any wildlife or landowner questions contact the LCCB Office at
Wildlife Manager: Rick Tebbs
Assistant Wildlife Manager: Dustin Johnson
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