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RG 022 Conservation Commission

In 1917, the 37th General Assembly created the State Board of Conservation later renamed the Conservation Commission. The commissions primary duties were to make recommendations for acquirement of land for state parks and administer the parks. On July 1986, the Conservation Commission, the Department of Water, Air and Waste Management, Geological Survey and the part of the Energy Policy Council were combined into the newly created Department of Natural Resources. All of these former entities have separate record group designations. The following is a partial list of records from the Conservation Commission in our holdings. A complete list of record series is available at the Research Center in Des Moines.

Title Date Span
Aerial Photos, Mississippi River, Great 1 and 2 Areas 1955
Cedar Rock (Walter Residence, Quasqueton) 1945-1961
Comprehensive Outdoor Plans and Projects 1934-1973
Construction Permits 1964-1981
Construction Project Files 1917-1980
Federal Cost Share Program, Land Acquisition Projects 1941-1973
Field Books (Engineering)
Field Books (Survey Notes)
Fisheries Proceedings/Investigations 1948-1974
Forest Management Plans 1930s
Iowa Precipitation Studies 1935
Milldams (Original Low Head Dam Study Manuscript) 1978
Minutes - Board of Conservation 1918-1935
Minutes - Conservation Commission 1935-1987
Minutes - Fish and Game Commission 1931-1935
State Land Acquisitions 1910-1933
State Parks and Preserves 1963-1977
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Commission - Investigation Report 1974
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Commission - Proceedings 1948-1973
Waterways and Lakes - Lakes and Reservoirs History File/Sovereign Land Jurisdiction 1910-1954