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Press Release - Johnson County Conservtion Board Announces New Director - Larry Gullett.pdf

Press Release - Johnson County Conservtion Board Announces New Director - Larry Gullett.pdf

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Press Release - Johnson County Conservtion Board Announces New Director - Larry Gullett.pdf
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PressRelease
Forimmediaterelease:June17,2013
Contact:BradFreidhof,NaturalistJohnsonCountyConservationDepartmentPhone:(319)645-213(319)645-1011(319)331-7513E-mail:
bfreidhof@co.johnson.ia.us
LarryGullettSelectedastheNewJohnsonCountyConservationDirector
TheJohnsonCountyConservationBoardannouncesthatLarryL.GulletthasbeenselectedforthepositionofExecutiveDirectorbeginningJuly1,2013.HewillsucceedHarryLGraveswhowillretireonJune28afterserving12½yearsastheExecutiveDirector.Larryhasover25yearsofexperienceworkinginconservationandcurrentlyservesastheJonesCountyConservationBoardExecutiveDirector.
 
TheJohnsonCountyConservationBoard,establishedin1964bythecitizensofJohnsoncounty,managesavarietyofnaturalresourcesandoutdoorrecreationareasthroughoutthecountyincludingnativeprairies,riveraccessareas,smallcommunityparks,andthe1,082acreF.W.KentPark.LarryGullettwillbeonlythethirdExecutiveDirectorinthehistoryoftheJohnsonCountyConservationBoardwithRodDunlapservingasthefirstDirectorfrom1970to2001andHarryGravesservingfromJanuary,2001toJune2012.
 
GullettisagraduateofIowaStateUniversitymajoringinFisheriesandWildlifeBiologyandEnvironmentalStudies.HebeganhisconservationcareerasanaturalistandparkrangerinDallasCountybeforebecomingtheExecutiveDirectoroftheJonesCountyConservationBoardin2004.DuringemploymentinDallasCounty,hefoundedanddirectedPrairieAwakening,aprojectthatinvolvedNativeAmericansfrom9statesandCanadainaweeklongmusic,danceandstory-tellingeventintegratingNativeAmericantraditionsandculturalwithprairierestoration.InJonesCounty,hehasledtherestorationofnativeandre-constructedprairies,wetlands,savannaareasandpondandlakesandworkedtoadoptsensitivedesignstandardsforrecreationaluseofpublicareasalongthescenicMaquoketaRiversystem.Partofhisdutiesincludeddevelopmentofmanagementandstrategicplanstoworkwithrockclimbinginterests,paddlersandlakeusersinsensitiveenvironmentalareasandlakerestorationefforts.

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