Cameron Woods State Preserve Article

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Cameron Woods State Preserve
Map showing the location of Cameron Woods State Preserve
Map showing the location of Cameron Woods State Preserve
Location of Cameron Woods State Preserve in Iowa
Location Scott, Iowa, United States
Coordinates 41°39′09″N 90°44′09″W / 41.65250°N 90.73583°W / 41.65250; -90.73583

41°39′09″N 90°44′09″W / 41.65250°N 90.73583°W / 41.65250; -90.73583
Area36 acres (15 ha)
Elevation682 ft (208 m) [1]
Governing bodyScott County Conservation Board

Cameron Woods State Preserve is a nature reserve in rural Scott County, Iowa, United States. It is located along Iowa Highway 130 west of Maysville, and it is maintained by the Scott County Conservation Board as one of the Iowa state preserves.

Cameron Woods is a remnant of what was a much larger stand of timber. It is shown on an 1837 vegetation plat map that was created by the General Land Office when Scott County was opened to settlement. [2]

The 36-acre (15 ha) preserve features rolling hills whose slopes are covered with loess, which is generally found in the eastern section of the Southern Iowa Drift Plain. The land gradually descends north toward Hickory Creek. The preserve is covered by a hardwood forest that is dominated by red oak, but there are several white oak trees that are around 175 years old. [3] It also contains spring flora such as bloodroot, Downy yellow violet, squirrel corn, columbine, and Starry False Solomon’s-seal. Birds found in the preserve include brown creeper, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeak, song sparrow, as well as various warblers, and woodpeckers. Hunting is not allowed in the preserve.

The Iowa Conservation Commission bought the property in 1977, and it was set aside as a biological state preserve the following year. [3] A plant inventory in 2012 revealed that non-native plant species such as garlic mustard, amur honeysuckle, and nettles are invading the preserve. [2] Hackberries, which is a native species, are replacing some of the hardwood trees.


  1. ^ "Cameron Woods State Preserve". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 2004-09-22. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ a b Alma Gaul (November 20, 2012). "Cameron Woods: A legacy in peril". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. ^ a b "Cameron Woods State Preserve (Click on the link "State Preserves Guide (Listing of all 95 preserves)" in the text.)". Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2016-10-29.