Fact: the name Iowa comes from the Native American word meaning beautiful land. Fact: Tama soil is the official soil of Iowa, unsurpassed in depth and fertility. Therefore, in Tama County every day is Earth Day. Over the past 40 years Tama County Conservation has been preserving, enhancing and educating the public about this beautiful and fertile land. Over the next three years, leadership identified the following objectives for the Otter Creek Lake and Park in central rural Tama County:
1) Hansen Addition: Plan outlines a gradual acquisition schedule of surrounding land to protect the water quality of the Otter Creek Lake, expand the recreational impact of the park, protect wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for responsible public hunting, and buffer against non-compatible uses. Cost: $737K
2) Nature Center Display: Plan to build a world-class diorama of the riparian habitat in Tama County to reach out to all ages to better understand our water resources, help them better appreciate these resources, and motivate them to do their part to protect water quality in Tama County. Cost: $450K
3) Campground Renovations: Plan to update camping facilities for RV camping units and install electrical amperage adequate for modern-day camping. Also develop group camp area with cabins. Cost:$610K
This project’s planning, progress and leadership was also one of the catalysts to earn Tama County an Iowa Great Place designation from Governor Chet Culver February 2010.