Ambassadors welcome new conservation director

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Will Horsley to the area as he has assumed the role of Clay County conservation director, a position he has filled for the past month. Horsley replaces longtime director Dan Heissel who moved to fill the same position in Woodbury County. Horsley is a northwest Iowa native, having grown up in Palo Alto County and attended school in Emmetsburg. He would go on to Iowa Lakes Community College and South Dakota State University. He went to work in the conservation field in Montgomery County before applying for and being offered the position in Clay County. Horsely’s wife is a Spencer native and the couple have two children living within 20 miles of the grandparents. Horsley said he wants to see Clay County continue to highlight the quality outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. The Clay County Conservation District currently employs seven full-time employees, four college interns and summer beach staff; and includes 16 parks and 1,600 acres of recreation area. Horsley indicated he and the conservation board are currently revisiting its 5- to 10-year plan. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

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