Ken Herring grew up in rural Dallas County on a family farm just outside of Dexter. After graduating from Dexfield high school in 1970 and from Iowa State University in 1976, he began a 34 year career with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Starting first as a seasonal worker, and later as a wildlife biologist Ken worked his way up through the organization and served his final years in the position of Division Administrator for the conservation and recreation Division. As the Division Administrator Ken was in charge of more than 550 employees who ran Iowa’s State Parks, Wildlife, Fisheries, Forestry and Law enforcement bureaus. His final 10 years with the Iowa DNR were extensively involved with policy, budgeting, and politics.
Ken formed many lasting relationships with conservation and policy leaders throughout Iowa. Additionally, working in state government required Ken to initiate and nurture bi-partisan relationships in order to be effective. Ken worked tirelessly for 34 years with the DNR, and retired in 2010 to pursue a conservation seeding and farm management business with his family. His work continues to provide conservation and management services to landowners throughout SW Iowa.
Currently Ken is serving as the President of the Board as well as the Interim Executive Director for Whiterock Conservancy (a private nonprofit land trust of over 5,000 acres in Guthrie County. He is the treasurer for the Earlham Presbyterian Church. Ken has been actively involved with his community through his church, as a boy scouts leader, volunteer fire department, Ducks Unlimited Zone Chairman and DU chapter treasurer, Pheasants Forever Committees , Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young measurer, little league baseball coach, town representative/organizer for little league, Lions Club and Jaycee’s.
Ken’s family includes his wife Carma who is a nurse and is the Executive Director for John Stoddard Cancer Center of Des Moines. They have 3 sons who are married and all reside in Iowa.