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DNR Seeks Public Comment on Increased Nursery Stock Prices

The DNR is seeking public comment on a proposal to adjust the price of tree and shrub seedlings sold from the State Forest Nursery to bring nursery operations into compliance with Iowa Code. Code requires the state forest nursery to cover all expenses related to the growing of the plants.

Most prices will increase between $25 to $40 per hundred plants, and $25 to $80 per specialized packet. The last time the nursery had a price increase was 10 years ago. To view details of the price adjustments visit www.iowadnr.gov/nursery

Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendment on or before June 30, 2016.  Written comments should be directed to Paul Tauke, Chief, State Forestry Bureau, Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; or by fax at (515)725-8201; or by e-mail to paul.tauke@dnr.iowa.gov.

Three public hearings will also be held around the state where persons may present comments orally or in writing.  Persons will be required to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendment.  The hearings will be held:

June 28, 2016, 1 - 3 p.m., State Forest Nursery, 2404 South Duff Ave., Ames

June 29, 2016, 1 - 3 p.m., Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center, 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque

June 30, 2016, 10 a.m. – Noon, Loess Hills State Forest, 206 Polk St., Pisgah

Anyone intending to attend a public hearing with requirements related to hearing or mobility impairments should contact the DNR prior to the hearing so special arrangements can be made.

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