Chad Brown of Cherokee was recently named the new Cherokee County Conservation Director, replacing former director Ginger Walker, who has accepted a regional position with Pheasants Forever.
Brown, a native of Cherokee and a 1996 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School, earned his degree in Ag Studies from Iowa State University in 2000, and has been working for the CCCD since 2006 as a Conservation Technician. He and his wife Jillian (Sunde) and their three children - Hayden, Amelia, and Calvin - live in Cherokee. Many may remember that Brown was recently elected to the Cherokee City Council At-Large post in November.
When asked about how he feels being named the new Conservation Director, Brown replied, "I'm excited, Ginger (Walker) and I put a lot of work into the county parks around here and I like the way the Conservation Board has been going in recent years. It's good for the department to keep going in that direction. We'll miss Ginger but she's not all the way gone (Walker recently began working for Pheasants Forever)."
The "direction" Brown was referring too are the many improvements that the Cherokee County Parks have seen in the past couple of years, including the Martin's Access Expansion project, and three new modern cabins built on the new site, and the Silver Sioux Lodge renovation project.
Brown, however, is looking to the future. When asked what are some projects he would like to see done with the parks, he replied, "We're looking at getting some playground equipment at Silver Sioux and later at Martin's Access. Both places are lacking playgrounds."
"I just want to see more people use our parks," said Brown. Brown also indicated that he would like to see more access to the Little Sioux River that runs through Cherokee County, manly having more boat ramps in the northern part of the county.
He stated that the river is becoming a big draw for the county. He just wishes it would stay in its banks. "We been fighting the river for the last couple years," said Brown.
Despite the river's lack of cooperation, Brown said that Cherokee has been steadily increasing with campers from other areas. The Silver Sioux Lodge has been busy all year said Brown. He also stated that he would like to see the cabins at Martin's Access full all year as well.
"I don't think people know that you can rent the cabins in the winter time. It's perfect for families to get together, or hunters and skiers," said Brown.
Brown also said that the department's current project of having a modern RV campground with 11 new full-service sites near the cabins at Martin's Access is going extremely well. "We got all the ground work done including water, electricity, and sewer all ready to go. We think that everything will be ready to go in the late spring or first part of the summer."
Brown also added that the parks are not just for people out of town and he indicated a strong desire to see more local people come out and enjoy the parks of Cherokee County.
To learn more on what Cherokee County Parks have to offer just visit the CCCD website at www.cherokeecountyparks.com.