My name is Justin Nie and I am originally from Jesup, IA. I grew up on a farm and helped the family farm 350 acres, which is still going strong today. I graduated from Don Bosco High School in 2010. From there I went to Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA for two years and got my AAS in natural resource management. After graduating from Hawkeye in 2012, I transferred to Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA. I just finished my bachelor’s degree in conservation management on March 7, 2014.
Growing up on the farm and love for the outdoors led to my interest in this profession. My educational and farming background helps me to see the effects of both farming and conservation. They both are important and they can run well together when done right.
I am an avid bowhunter and fisherman. I also love to go shed hunting and then make furniture with the antlers like chandeliers, lamps, end tables, coffee tables, and coat racks. Another hobby of mine is doing wood burnings for people. I can do anything people ask for, but mostly do name signs for people’s front yards or small projects for Christmas gifts.
I have spent a lot of time exploring, hunting, and fishing the public areas of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties. I appreciate being able to go for a hike and get away from everything. There are plenty of spots that one can get that experience here in the Allamakee County. Waterloo Creek is one of the best trout fishing attractions around and it is important to help protect this watershed. When this position became available to be the Waterloo Creek Watershed Coordinator, I knew this was a job I would want. I want to do all that I can to help farmers and others to get conservation practices on their ground to protect Waterloo Creek and preserve what we have now for future generations.
If you have any questions for me or want to know more, you can contact me at by email Justin.nie @ia.nacdnet.net or 563-568-2246 ext. 115. You could also stop in at the office at 635 9th St NW in Waukon, Iowa.