Story County Conservation briefs

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Certified Spraying in Central Story County

Spot brush spraying is beginning and will continue through mid-September in central Story County.

Joe Kooiker, roadside biologist with Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management, said that Brush and Weed Control Specialists have contracted with Story County to spot treat small trees and brush in the roadsides in Franklin, Milford, Richland and Sherman townships.

“Certified applicators will be operating vehicles with sprayers in the Right of Way (ROW). Herbicides applied are specifically registered for the use in ROW,” Kooiker said.

Kooiker said there are some exceptions during this process. Spraying will exclude brush that is taller than 10 feet or trees that cannot be effectively treated without causing damage outside ROW; such as trees in fence lines, or trees in back slopes directly in front of farmsteads. Spraying will also exclude areas adjacent to sensitive areas (organic or special crop).

Spraying should conclude by Sept. 21. For more information about this project, contact IRVM Roadside Biologist Joe Kooiker at 515-382-7367 or email

Clay Play!

Hunt for banks of natural clay during a creek walk with Naturalist Rebekah Beall on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2–3:30 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames.

Plan on getting wet and muddy as we use our imaginations to play with clay and whatever else we may discover! Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes that will not be pulled off in mud. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

Live Like a Pioneer

Story County Conservation offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences for school groups – one of our most popular being Pioneer Day. Adults will finally have an opportunity to see what all the excitement is about! Join us on Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th St., Ames) to travel to 1869 and discover life as a pioneer.

Meet two pioneers and help them with daily chores. Try your hand at carding and spinning wool, doing laundry and making your own soap. Help cook bread over the fire and churn butter. Explore plants that were used by the pioneers and go on a cemetery tour to compare life changes over time. You can learn a lot from your past!

This program is intended for adults and older children who have aged out of the school-offered experience. In true pioneer fashion, we will be outdoors for the entire day. Please bring a sack lunch, full reusable water bottle, blanket or towel for sitting, and bug spray and sunblock if desired.

Fee of $10 with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at or visit