The time leading up to warmer weather that spring brings us seems to take forever. Granted we have been pretty fortunate this winter, as it has been a mild winter…so far. We also dodged a bullet on the “storm of the century” that dropped a total of 3” of snow, if that. I realize some areas did receive a boat load of snow, but we have seen worse in Iowa, haven’t we? Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so lucky for us, spring is near! I am also starting to think I can put more trust in Punxsutawney Phil then Al Roker, but we will save that conversation for another day.
February might just be my least favorite month, most years, even though there are only 28 or 29 days it seems to take forever until we start to see changes. This year change has come early, but in in the form of weather. I have accepted a new job with Dallas County Conservation. My family and I will be making the move shortly, as I will be starting in a couple of weeks. In this new position I will be the Natural Resource Manager – Trails Manager. My main responsibilities will be taking care of all of their recreational trails. They have over 50 miles of hard surface trails with the Raccoon River Valley Trail being the largest chunk of that. There is also about a mile and half of the High Trestle Trail that enters the county. Many people have been asking me where Dallas County is and it is the county west of Polk County. Some of the towns include; Adel, Perry, and Waukee.
I am going to miss the people of Poweshiek County who have supported me throughout the short few years I have been here. Some of my favorite memories include coordinating the fifth grade field day, working with various youth groups, and being able to assist in the upkeep at one of Iowa’s premier lakes and campgrounds. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, the members of the Poweshiek County community as well as the people I have worked with.
Thank you to all who have supported the Poweshiek County Conservation Board and I hope you continue to do so!