In cooperation with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Winnebago/Hancock Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Winnebago County Conservation Board has acquired 190 acres of wildlife habitat northeast of Forest City. The area is called the Lenze-McCoy Wildlife Area and is named for Chuck Lenze and Dr. David McCoy. It is located 3 miles east and 1 and half miles north of Forest City on 210th Avenue.
All but 10 acres of the area had already been enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. The new area consists of wetlands, restored prairie uplands, and scattered timber areas with oak, hickory, poplar, and walnut trees. some of the wildlife that can be found there are deer, turkey, waterfowl, pheasants rabbits, and squirrels.
KIOW News asked Robert Schwartz, Director of the Winnebago County Conservation Board, if the area was closed off to everyone except hunters during the present hunting season.
The property was purchased using funds from the DNR, the Heritage Foundation, and Pheasants Forever. No county tax dollars were used in acquiring the habitat.