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Small Bullet 4 Larry Gullett - Director

Larry Gullett
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Before joining the team here in Johnson County I worked for the Jones, Dallas and Jasper County Conservation Boards and also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake. During those jobs I worked in a variety of positions including Executive Director, Naturalist, Park Ranger, Operations Supervisor and as a Conservation Worker. I attended Iowa State University and obtained a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology in 1986.

During the past 30 years my experience has focused on landscape restoration, managing and developing recreation areas, nature interpretation and implementing management and development plans that improve water quality. I have also been actively involved in interpreting and preserving cultural resources. Several of our public areas are located at old village sites and along historic transportation routes and this cultural history is an important part of the conservation program.

If I cross paths with you in the wilds of Johnson County it will probably be on a river paddling or hiking the woods, prairies and wetlands of the public lands system. Other programs and organizations I am involved with include the State of Iowa - Water Trails Advisory Committee, the IDALS - Watershed Improvement Review Board and as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Iowa Rivers Revival.

On behalf of the Conservation Board and staff I want to invite you to visit and enjoy the wonderful parks, preserves and trails in Johnson County. The Board and staff take great pride in providing and maintaining these areas for all to enjoy. If you have any questions about any of our programs or would like to make suggestions about how we can better provide these services please contact me any time. You will find our staff and Board willing to do everything possible to make your visit the best possible experience.

Small Bullet 4 Dory Kjosa - Office Manager

Dory Kjosa

I am the Secretary/Office Manager for the Johnson County Conservation Board. I manage the office, provide administrative support and serve as the confidential Secretary to the Conservation Board.

I was born in Johnson County and enjoyed growing up in the rural areas of Janesville and Dysart, Iowa. Growing up I enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles. After living in the Quad Cities area for a short stint, I now live in North Liberty with my husband Keith and daughter Lauren who attends Clear Creek Amana. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and exploring the back roads of the country by motorcycle with my husband.

Small Bullet 4 Emily Odgers - Office Assistant

Emily Odgers

I began working with the conservation team in March 2015. I bring more than 10 years of administrative and support experience to the Conservation Department. My primary duties in the office include payroll, working on special projects, and general office administrative support.

Outside of work hours I can often be found at Kent Park, which has been one of my favorite places to spend free time since moving to the Tiffin area in 2007. Some of my favorite activities that I enjoy with my husband, Chad, and daughter, Anna, include camping, hiking area trails, kayaking, and exploring new ways to enjoy the natural world.

Small Bullet 4 Brad Freidhof - Conservation Program Manager

Brad Freidhof

I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the great Johnson County Conservation Board. I currently serve as the Johnson County Conservation Program Manager. In this role I direct special projects and programs within the Conservation Department as directed by the Executive Director. I also supervise the Environmental Education Program within the department and assist with department communications / public relations and administrative duties.

Prior to this position I served as the Johnson County Naturalist from 2002-2014. I’ve also held positions with numerous county conservation boards including serving five years as the Naturalist for the Pocahontas County Conservation Department.

I am a native of rural New Hampton Iowa where I grew up on a farm in southern Howard County with my parents, George and Julie and brother Jeff. I retain a great love for northeast Iowa and its resources. I keep busy spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors anyway I can.

I currently reside in Coralville with my wife Tammy, our four boys – Jessie, Ben, Jacob and Carter and our daughter Olivia. You will likely find me attending one of the kids sporting events or out buying groceries to keep the herd fed.

Small Bullet 4Wade Schultz - Operations Superintendent

Wade Schultz

I am the Operations Superintendent for the Johnson County Conservation Board. I am currently in my 16th year of service with the JCCB. I spent 15 years as the mechanic. I performed repairs on all of the conservation boards equipment, built and fabricated numerous projects and equipment. I assisted the former Superintendent with a lot of the bridges that we are known for here, along with electrical, plumbing, building construction and all aspects that make a park system function. I truly enjoy working here. Everyone gets along and we take care of each other. I feel good about the accomplishments and projects we have done knowing that people will enjoy them for many years to come.

I served in the United States Marine Corps for four years (1989-1993) and am a Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veteran. While serving in the Marine Corps I wrestled for the All Marine World Team and was trained as a diesel and turbine engine mechanic for the Abram tank.

I live in Lisbon with my with wife Julie and daughter Emily. When I’m not working for the JCCB, I’m at home in my machine shop building custom motorcycles for hill climbing. My family has been hosting the Anamosa Motorcycle Hill climb since 1965. The hill climb is held the 1st. Sunday in June and the 2nd Sunday in September.

Small Bullet 4 Charles Bray- Ranger II

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I was born and raised in Missouri where my fondest memories are wondering around the hardwoods and exploring creek bottoms with my older brother. As I got older my love and interest in the outdoors only grew stronger. As a teenager I spent every chance I could hunting and fishing. I remember in high school, my favorite teacher said to me, “If you figure out a way to make money at something you love to do, you will live a happy life”. Working in the conservation field for the last 12 years I can honestly say I am very happy and truly enjoy the job. I started my career in Boone, Iowa. Then worked in Wright County for 10 years, and have been here in Johnson County since 2013.

These days I enjoy sharing the outdoors with my wife Jenann, and 5 year old son Bo. My family and I try to take in nature just about any way we can. During the fall “date night” for Jenann and I is commonly spent 15 feet up in a tree deer hunting. One of the things I cherish most is when I see Bo discover, explore, and have fun outside.

What I enjoy most about working for Johnson County Conservation is being part of a dedicated staff that is committed to providing some of the best facilities around to take in our natural resources. As a Park Ranger, I enjoy meeting the people that come to enjoy our parks and natural areas. Birding, cross country skiing, hiking, fishing, or camping there is something for you to enjoy no matter the season. Please, come out and enjoy.

Small Bullet 4 Will Souer - Ranger I

Will Souer

I grew up in the country by Lake Odessa outside of Wapello, Iowa. My dad worked for the Iowa DNR and ran a taxidermy business out of our house so I was introduced to conservation and wildlife at a young age. I have been told that as a young child whenever Marty Stouffer’s Wild America came on PBS I demanded everybody in the house be quiet so I could watch the show without any distractions. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006 and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office later that year. While at the Sheriff’s Office I worked in both the jail and patrol divisions and provided general law enforcement and emergency services to the residents of Johnson County. In 2014 I went back to school at Kirkwood Community College and starting working toward a second degree in Parks and Natural Resources. When I wasn’t working at the Sheriff’s Office or attending class I volunteered as much as I could at the Iowa River Wildlife Unit and for the Bur Oak Land Trust. After completing the program at Kirkwood I went to work part-time as a park aide at Palisades-Kepler State Park. The conservation related experiences at these different places helped me realize my dream was to get into the conservation field. When the Park Ranger position came open for Johnson County Conservation I jumped at the opportunity and was hired by the Board in June of 2016. When not at work most of my free time is spent with my wife, Betsy, and our two children, Cash and Mia. If you see me out and about at any of the Johnson County areas come say hello. I would love to hear what brings you to the area.

Small Bullet 4 Sydney Algreen-Hunter - Naturalist

Sydney Algreen

If you’ve attended a school visit or public program, you’ve probably met me. I am the naturalist for Johnson County Conservation providing field trips, class programs, public programs, and special events for county residents. When I’m not in the field teaching, I am usually developing new curriculum and programs, caring for the exhibits, animals and bird blind, assisting with social media and communications, and creating the newsletter.

Before joining the staff at JCC, I worked for Story County Conservation and was an intern at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and the Science Center of Iowa. I am a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University with a background in forestry.

Originally from the small town of Earlham, I grew up exploring the outdoors of Madison and Dallas County. If you’re out and about on a nice day you might bump into me hiking, running, camping, and exploring the beautiful natural resources of Johnson County.

Small Bullet 4 Kristen Morrow - Naturalist

Kristen Morrow

I grew up on a farm up in northern Iowa outside the small town of St. Ansgar. I was lucky to have the whole countryside to explore, and spent many hours along the banks of the Cedar River –way up at its headwaters. I studied Environmental Science at Iowa State University and graduated in 2013. I spent a lot of time studying watershed science in school, and the topic of wetland, stream, and river health continues to be one of my main passions today. Before starting here, I spent many years working as a backpacking guide/naturalist in New Mexico, working for a traveling restoration crew with The Nature Conservancy here in Iowa, in northern Idaho working for a watershed restoration organization, and up in northern Minnesota where I worked as a naturalist. I’m excited to be in Iowa again, especially in beautiful Johnson County. As a naturalist, I get to help connect people to the world around them. I will be working to provide education for fieldtrips, public presentations, and special events. I can’t wait to explore the natural areas throughout this part of the state, and plan on spending many weekends camping, hiking, paddling, and biking. When I’m not outside, I’m typically painting, curled up with a good book, or dreaming about farming.

Small Bullet 4 Dave Wehde - Natural Resource Manager

Dave Wehde

I was first employed by the board as a seasonal employee in 1983. I became a full-time staff member in 1986 after graduating from Upper Iowa University with a double major in Conservation Management and Biology. I am a former resident of Solon, Iowa, and I grew up near Lake McBride State Park where I spent most of my time as a youth developing a strong fondness for nature and the outdoors.

My major job responsibilities are restoration and establishment of natural areas such as woodlands, savannas, wetlands, prairies and wildlife habitat plantings. I have been involved in many exciting projects for the Conservation Board over the years and have great passion for the work in this field. I would also like to thank the many friends and conservation supporters that I have met in the Johnson County community. Your continued assistance, encouragement and hard work is a vital aspect to the success of our program. I look forward to working with you . The future has never been brighter and the challenges never greater.

When not on duty for the Conservation Board you might find me camping, backpacking, trout fishing, studying raptorial birds or history.  You may also find me pheasant hunting with my Brittany spaniel, my best friend.

Small Bullet 4 Mike Alexander - Natural Resource Management Specialist

Mike Alexander

I am originally from rural Buchanan county, where I grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors. I went to college at Loras in Dubuque, where I majored in Biological Research and studied Black Terns in Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas for my thesis.

I started my Natural Resource career working as a Biological Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service on the Mississippi River, followed by work with Iowa DNR, Pheasants Forever, and lastly Conservation Districts of Iowa before coming to work at Johnson County Conservation.

My duties at Johnson County Conservation include helping the team restore and reconstruct native prairies and wetlands, control invasive species, manage tree plantings and conduct timber stand improvement, assist with prescribed fire, and continue the development and restoration of many of our newly-acquired properties.

During my free time I enjoy hunting ducks and pheasants with my Chesapeake Autumn, fishing and camping on the Mississippi River with my wife Kristina, and during the fall you will likely find me in a tree stand. I hope to see you out enjoying one of our outstanding areas Johnson County has to offer.

Small Bullet 4Jeremy Rieck - Natural Resource Management Specialist

Jeremy Rieck

I'm originally from the Boone Area. I grew up on a farm and spent much of my youth in Ledges State Park where I gained much of my interest in the outdoors. I have an AAS degree in Parks and Natural Resources from Kirkwood Community College, and graduated from Upper Iowa University with a double major - Conservation Management and Life Sciences.

My duties include employing various methods to control a variety of invasive species such as; autumn olive, bush honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, garlic mustard, wild parsnip, sweet clover, and reed canary grass to name a few. My other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, prairie trail maintenance, timber stand improvement (TSI), seed harvest, assisting with prescribed burns, prairie restoration/reconstructions and wetland reconstructions.

During my free time I enjoy mushroom hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing, playing disc golf, and fishing of any kind. Fly fishing has taken up most of my time on the water in recent years.

I hope to see you at F.W. Kent Park or enjoying one of the other JCCB areas.

Small Bullet 4 Dave Gustafson - Utility Person

Dave Gustafson

Hi, I’m Dave Gustafson (aka Gus). I serve as the Utility person for the Conservation Board. I was made with pride on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. I began working for the Conservation Board in March of 2004.

I live in rural Williamsburg with my wonderful wife Laura and precious son Dayne.

Some of my duties with the Conservation Board include: maintaining the Kent Park wells, and the repair and maintenance of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, Geo Thermal and sanitary sewer systems. I’m also responsible for a variety of construction projects.

One my days off I enjoy repairing power equipment, as well as spending time with Laura, Dayne and all of our animals. I hope to see you out enjoying the outdoors in one of the Johnson County Conservation Board Areas.

Small Bullet 4 Gary Pidgeon - Senior Maintenance Worker

Gary Pidgeon

I have worked, as a member of the field staff, for the Johnson County Conservation Board since 1970.

During that time we've had the opportunity to participate in many of the various aspects of construction, maintenance, and improvement of the county parks and use areas.

Our main responsibilities the past few years is to help ensure clean, safe facilities and grounds during the heavier use season. Our objective is to help provide the most enjoyable stay in our parks as possible. I am just one of the staff that is dedicated to providing clean, safe areas so everyone can enjoy and appreciate the natural creations around us.

We hope to see you out enjoying the parks, - picnicking, fishing, utilizing past and present conservation projects, or participating in any of the numerous other opportunities which are available in the Johnson County Conservation Board area.

Small Bullet 4 Terry Kinney - Field Worker II

Terry Kinney

I have been serving Johnson County residents as a staff member of the Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) since 1989. My duties with the JCCB include working with other staff members to provide the maintenance and construction of facilities within JCCB areas. These duties are numerous and diverse from day to day. My duties can include, but are not limited to, harvesting prairie seed, building shelters, pouring concrete, trimming trees, constructing/installing signage, and much more. I also supervise other field staff and seasonal employees to complete these tasks efficiently and to the highest of standards. The entire staff of the JCCB takes pride in the high quality work we provide to our county residents.

Away from work I enjoy spending time on my rural Oxford farm with my wife Stephanie. Our home is the same house in which I was born and raised. In our "spare" time we enjoy raising a few cattle, miniature horses and working around the farm. Stephanie and I are members of the Iowa Miniature Horse Club.

Aside from our small farming operation and miniature horse business, I enjoy hunting deer and going trout fishing.

I enjoy working for the JCCB and hope that you enjoy visiting our fine parks.

Small Bullet 4 Ben Woltz - Field Worker II

Ben Woltz Hello everyone. My name is Ben Woltz. I am a Field Worker II with the Johnson County Conservation Board. I began working with the Board in 2013 as a seasonal employee and now find myself enjoying my work with Johnson County year round.

I grew up in Bremer County where I spent many days hunting and fishing along the Cedar River. My passion for the outdoors led me to a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. A few years later I returned to school and attained my M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.

I take pride in the diversity of my experiences that have led me to where I am today. I have lived in Illinois, Minnesota (twice), Montana, and Washington state but Iowa has always called me back home where I currently live in Cedar Rapids. I have worked for the National Park Service, Iowa DNR, and ISU county extension as well as multiple stints with the educational, business, and construction trades.

If I’m not at Kent Park, you may see me at one of the parks in southern Johnson County where I have been charged with maintaining the grounds and facilities at Hills Access, River Junction, Walker Park, and Scott Church. However, you will rarely find me at home. I love to travel (I have been to every state west of the Mississippi) and spend most of my free time finding new places to hike, camp, kayak, and fish with my family and friends. But there are also many special places here in Johnson County, so please, take time and enjoy all the opportunities out there

Small Bullet 4 Ed Kringle - Trails Field Worker

Ed Kringle I am the Trails Field Worker for the Johnson County Conservation Board. My duties include maintaining and caring for the trails in Johnson County but I also help take care of other JCCB properties when needed.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where I received a degree in Conservation. I chose the Conservation field because I wanted to work and help protect the beauty of our natural resources. I grew up on a small dairy farm outside Rice Lake, Wisconsin where I spent a lot of my time in the nearby Rusk County Forest where my love for the outdoors was born. I enjoy hunting whitetail deer, fishing for whatever bites, and exploring nature.

I look forward to meeting you and hope to see you out on the trails soon!

Small Bullet 4 Josh Allen - Mechanic

Josh Allen

Hello, my name is Josh Allen. I was hired by the Johnson County Conservation Board in February of 2016 as the mechanic. As the mechanic I am responsible for keeping all of the equipment up and running for the entire staff of the JCCB. This includes repairing and rebuilding everything from a chainsaw to a backhoe, and anything in between. Before coming to work for the JCCB I ran a tire and mechanic shop in Lone Tree for ten years, and worked construction and on several farming operations giving me a very strong background in agriculture and equipment operation.

I was born in rural Wellman Iowa and that is where my love for the outdoors began, exploring my grandparents farm, fields, and river bottom ground. We later moved to Minnesota for a few years, and then moved back to Iowa settling in the rural Kalona area. While living there my love for the outdoors grew exploring the many timbers, creeks, and the English river bottom. I currently live in rural Washington county with my wife Rochelle and my son Landon who I am very proud to call mine.

When I am not at work you can probably find me at home working on one of my various projects, including construction, mechanical repairs on anything for my friends, neighbors, and family, and gardening. I also love to hunt, ride ATV’s, and am hoping to get some more fishing time in this year with my boy.

I hope you all enjoy the various parks and areas that the Johnson County Conservation Board has to offer. It is an amazing place with wonderful people who work hard every day to make sure you have the best experience possible.