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Logan Roberts heads Tama County Conservation upon retirement of 40-year Director Robert Etzel Began Duties April 1 By John Speer Central Iowa Press

April 18, 2019
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“I’m confident Logan will do a good job. She’ very passionate about conservation, very knowledgeable - something that is important to me, something I have been passionate about for 40 years, to feel comfortable with the person coming in,” Bob Etzel says of his successor, Logan Roberts. Roberts took over on April 1 replacing Etzel as the Tama County Conservation Director upon Etzel’s retirement. Roberts has served as the Tama County Naturalist since July, 2017, and one of her first duties in her new job is to find a replacement to fill her former job. Roberts grew up on an average outside Woodward, Iowa, and graduated from Woodward-Granger High School She then obtained her B.A. degree in Environmental Science and studied Multi-Media Journalism at Simpson College, Indianola. Through college she worked summer jobs in the field for Mahaska and Polk counties and in Montana for the State Parks Department. After obtaining her college degree she started her career as a Naturalist for Warren County Conservation for four years. In her new post Logan assumes the administrative duties with payroll, direct work for the Conservation Board and keeping up with current policies. And she will still take her turn in the rotation as a park ranger and expects to help out the new naturalist occasionally when times are especially busy with field trips in the summers. The camping areas are undergoing major renovation now which Roberts will supervise. She also aims to continue to offer and expand educational programs offer and explore future projects. Look at some ideas in place, cabins and what is termed “the big one” - the lake restoration project. “I also look to complete the lower level of the Nature Center as a learning space,” Roberts says and “incorporating volunteers in certain capacities.” The role is diverse as the director serves in the “secretary” role as well. Goals she lists are “to continue to provide quality outdoor recreational opportunities for people in the county in this and ll our facilities.” “I really enjoy being outside,” Logan says. She says she enjoys nature photography, paddling and fishing and spending time with her nine-year-;d German short-haired pointer “Drake.”

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Logan Roberts, the new Tama County Conservation Director with Robert Etzel who retired April 1 after 40 years of service in the director’s position.
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