2018 Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Needs Assessment Survey
Des Moines County Conservation is seeking public input to help guide its programs and priorities for the next several years. Your thoughtful responses to this survey are greatly appreciated. For more information or for questions regarding this survey, contact Des Moines County Conservation at (319) 753-8260 or by email at conservation@dmcounty.com.

Thank you!

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Recreational Activities in Des Moines County
1. Indicate the activities in which you or members of your household have participated during the past 24 months. Indicate whether you did the activity within and/or outside Des Moines County.
Anywhere in Des Moines County
Outside Des Moines County
Did not participate
Fishing
Hiking/walking
Bicycling
Nature Photography/Watching
Attending Educational Programs
Canoeing/Kayaking
Motor Boating
RV Camping
Tent Camping
Cabin Camping
Lodge/Shelter Use
Equestrian Camping
Horseback Riding
Hunting upland birds or small game
Hunting waterfowl
Hunting deer or turkey
Bow Hunting
Target shooting (firearm)
Target shooting (archery)
Picnicking
Driving/Sight-seeing
Riding all-terrain vehicles
Geocaching
Cross-country skiing
Sledding
Ice fishing
1a. From the previous list, indicate the three favorite activities you or members of your household most enjoy. Separate your three answers with a comma.
Your answer
1b. Indicate three activities you have not done but would like to try. Separate answers with a comma.
Your answer
2. When friends or family from out of the county come to visit you in Des Moines County, what activities do they do and/or what places do they visit? Check all that apply.
Parks/Recreation Areas Managed by Des Moines County Conservation
3. The map below shows the locations of parks and recreation areas managed by Des Moines County Conservation. Using the tables below the map, please indicate whether you're aware of these areas and/or how many times someone in your household has visited each area in the past 12 months.
Recreation Areas
Not aware of this area
Aware, but have never visited
Have visited 1-2 times
Have visited 3-4 times
Have visited 5+ times
Big Hollow Recreation Area
Starr's Cave Park and Preserve
4th Pumping Station Campground
Welter Recreation Area
Hunt Woods Recreation Area
River Accesses and Trails
Not aware of this area
Aware, but have never visited
Have visited 1-2 times
Have visited 3-4 times
Have visited 5+ times
Flint River Trail
Casey Barrow River Access
Hawkeye Dolbee River Access
Tama Beach River Access
Sullivan Slough River Access
Other Areas
Not aware of this area
Aware, but have never visited
Have visited 1-2 times
Have visited 3-4 times
Have visited 5+ times
Luckenbill Woods
Chautauqua Roadside Park
Waters Roadside Park
Hickory Bend Conservation Area
Leopold Recreation Area
3a. What new activities or facilities would you like to see in Des Moines County parks?
Your answer
4. Does anyone in your household have a disability that prevents them from using county parks?
4a. If yes, what changes are needed to make the parks more accessible for them?
Your answer
5. How SATISFIED or DISSATISFIED are you with the following services/facilities in Des Moines County? (Leave blank if not applicable)
Very satisfied
Satisfied
Uncertain
Somewhat dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
Camping
Walking/hiking/jogging
Fishing/ice fishing
Hunting/trapping
Geocaching
Boating/canoeing
Picnicking
Off-road (mountain) biking
Bicycling
Cross-country skiing
Nature programs
Horseback riding
Lodges/shelters
Bird watching
5a. If you are dissatisfied with any of the activities listed above, or other activities not listed, please list the activities and tell us why you are dissatisfied.
Your answer
Environmental Education
6. How familiar are you with Des Moines County Conservation's educational programs?
Very Familiar
Not Familiar
7. If you or members of your household visited Starr’s Cave Nature Center or attended an educational program at Starr’s Cave Park during the past 12 months, how would you describe your experience?
7a. If you were dissatisfied with any of our education programs, please tell us how we can improve them.
Your answer
8. Please indicate the level of interest you or members of your household have in the following educational program areas.
Very Interested
Interested
Uncertain
Not Interested
Not At All Interested
Natural History (wildlife, plants, stars, geology, etc.)
Environment (air, water, recycling, soil conservation, etc.)
Hunting & Fishing
Other Recreational (canoeing, hiking, skiing, nature crafts, etc.)
Environmental/Conservation Policy (local, state, & national policies and programs)
9. Do you feel that Des Moines County Conservation’s emphasis on environmental education should increase, decrease, or remain the same?
10. Please indicate how important it is that Des Moines County residents understand each of the following topics.
Very Important
Important
Uncertain
Not Important
Not At All Important
Natural History (wildlife, plants, stars, geology, etc.)
Environment (air, water, recycling, soil conservation, etc.)
Outdoor Recreation (hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, etc.)
Energy Conservation
Environmental/Conservation Policy (local, state, & national policies and programs)
11. What are your sources of information on Des Moines County Conservation programs and activities? (Check all that apply)
12. How could Des Moines County Conservation better deliver information to you regarding its programs/activities?
Your answer
Conservation Priorities
13. Do you feel that Des Moines County Conservation should place a high, medium, or low priority on the following activities and projects?
High Priority
Medium Priority
Low Priority
Don't Know/No Opinion
Acquire more public hunting land managed for game species
Acquire more open space for general public recreational use
Acquire and protect more natural areas with sensitive characteristics such as geology, water quality, or rare/unique species
Protect natural areas from exotic or invasive species such as garlic mustard, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose
Establish a greenbelt by protecting land along Flint Creek
Develop more concrete or asphalt bicycle/walking/multi-use trails
Provide more unsurfaced trails for hiking and cross-country skiing
Provide more sites for tent camping
Provide more sites for modern camping with electricity
Provide improved amenities such as shower houses and/or full hook-up campsites at existing campgrounds
Provide more in-park rental cabins
Provide more in-park educational programs for public participation
Develop interpretive displays for unique/historic features within the county parks
Provide an all-weather enclosed park lodge to accommodate rentals by public groups of 100 or more people
13a. Would you support the allocation of additional local tax dollars to fund the items you indicated should be high priority above?
13b. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation toward any of the items you indicated should be high priority above?
Respondent Information
Age of person completing this questionnaire
Which of the following age groups make up your household? (check all that apply)
Gender of respondent
Race/ethnicity of respondent
What is your highest level of formal education?
Please check the category that best estimates your 2017 total household income (before taxes).
Please select the town/city in which you live.
Do you own your home?
Do you live within the city limits?
Please share any additional comments below.
Your answer
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