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Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

  • 12/8/2017 10:32:00 AM
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Des Moines - The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 14, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Time to start pruning oaks

Time to start pruning oaks

  • 10/31/2017 10:41:00 AM
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Cold weather is here and now is the time to start pruning oak trees with minimal to no risk of spreading oak wilt.
Fall colors beginning to show in Iowa

Fall colors beginning to show in Iowa

  • 9/19/2017 1:35:00 PM
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This year may be a good one for leaf viewers, according to Jeff Goerndt, state forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Discount trees available for Alliant Energy customers

Discount trees available for Alliant Energy customers

  • 9/14/2017 7:28:00 AM
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A popular program offering landscape-quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this fall. Residential tree distributions will be held in Buena Vista, Fayette, Jefferson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Lucas and Story counties this September and October.
Wait to prune oak trees

Wait to prune oak trees

  • 9/12/2017 3:11:00 PM
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The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oak tree during the growing season. For that reason, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) suggests to not start any pruning until at least the first frost.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

  • 9/5/2017 11:52:00 AM
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Storm Lake – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 14, in the conference room at King’s Pointe, 1520 East Lakeshore Drive, in Storm Lake.
Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

  • 8/22/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Mount Ayr, Iowa – The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location.
State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

  • 8/22/2017 10:42:00 AM
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Ordering trees from the DNR’s State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

Alliant Energy and Iowa DNR team up to offer eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall

  • 8/8/2017 12:31:00 PM
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DES MOINES – A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this fall. Residential tree distributions will take place in Buena Vista, Fayette, Jefferson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Lucas and Story counties this September and October.
Backyard forest invasive species field day

Backyard forest invasive species field day

  • 7/18/2017 1:57:00 PM
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Registration is now open for an educational forest field day taking place at Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Backyard Forest Invasive Species Field Day will cover issues related to invasive species including identification and management, as well as the establishment of healthy native habitat.  
Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

  • 6/27/2017 11:59:00 AM
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Van Buren County historian Ralph Arnold is the person responsible for naming Lake Sugema and in a twist of mystery, he refused to say what the name meant. Only upon his death in 2002 did a letter show up in the local newspaper, the Van Buren County Register, ending the mystery – according to Arnold, Sugema is a Native American word for Mosquito.
Two men charged with felony for theft of trees

Two men charged with felony for theft of trees

  • 6/6/2017 2:44:00 PM
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PISGAH, Iowa -- On May 25, 2017, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau charged two men with cutting down and selling Walnut trees from a state-owned park.
Loess Hills Visitors Center renamed for longtime forester

Loess Hills Visitors Center renamed for longtime forester

  • 6/6/2017 10:34:00 AM
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A dedication ceremony will be held at the Loess Hills State Forest Visitors’ Center this Thursday, June 8, 3-5 p.m. The center will be officially named the Brent S. Olson Memorial Visitor Center in recognition of Olson, forester for the area who died last December following a long battle with cancer.
June is Great Outdoors month

June is Great Outdoors month

  • 5/30/2017 1:24:00 PM
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Iowa’s 2017 summer recreation season got off to a great start with a beautiful Memorial Day weekend and there are plenty more summer days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

  • 5/19/2017 2:18:00 PM
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Jim and Jody Kerns’ belief in conservation and education is as deeply rooted as the trees that protect the banks along their Volga River property.
State Forest Nursery offers smaller minimum orders

State Forest Nursery offers smaller minimum orders

  • 4/26/2017 2:49:00 PM
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Landowners and homeowners can now order smaller quantities of high-quality native tree and shrub species from the State Forest Nursery. The nursery is now accepting minimum orders of 100 seedlings of one species and hopes to lower the minimum order quantity even further in the near future.
New legislation makes nursery seedling sales more flexible

New legislation makes nursery seedling sales more flexible

  • 4/18/2017 11:12:00 AM
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Landowners and homeowners can now order smaller quantities of high-quality native tree and shrub species from the State Forest Nursery. Beginning immediately, the nursery is accepting minimum orders of 100 seedlings of one species.
Add a little spring color to your yard

Add a little spring color to your yard

  • 4/4/2017 11:34:00 AM
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Welcome spring to your yard with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Forest Nursery’s April seedling packet. The Spring Flowers packet, a combination of five flowering tree and shrub species, will provide a pallet of color ranging from lavender-pink to creamy white.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 8:47:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

  • 2/7/2017 11:56:00 AM
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Trees For Kids grant applications are available online for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees this spring.  The grants pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools, communities and other public areas.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 12:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 12/27/2016 1:15:00 PM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

  • 12/7/2016 10:30:00 AM
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More than $206,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 83 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.  The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/29/2016 11:39:00 AM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, compelling articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
Plant some school pride with this month's nursery packet

Plant some school pride with this month's nursery packet

  • 11/1/2016 2:40:00 PM
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Everyone loves a friendly rivalry, especially when it comes to our three major universities – Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. This November, the DNR State Forest Nursery is challenging Iowans to plant some school spirit and promote conservation at the same time. 
A place of your own: grown-up treehouses

A place of your own: grown-up treehouses

  • 10/25/2016 2:48:00 PM
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A tree big and strong enough for a treehouse is a tree worth saving. Here’s advice from arborists and treehouse building experts and what three treehouse owners did to minimize impacts on their trees.
Colors of the Driftless

Colors of the Driftless

  • 10/7/2016 2:14:00 PM
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Far up in the northeast corner of Iowa lies a tiny gem of a town called Marquette. The town proudly proclaims to be “Iowa’s Best Kept Secret.” In fact, if it wasn’t for the congenial welcome sign that reads “The People of Iowa Welcome You. Iowa: Fields of Opportunities,” most Iowans would never know they were still in the Hawkeye State. Yet, in this area of Iowa, the sign almost seems like a misnomer as there are few fields to see.
So you think you can mulch

So you think you can mulch

  • 9/28/2016 2:34:00 PM
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Mulching can be the best thing you can do to promote the health of trees, shrubs and plants. It can also be the worst, if done improperly. 
State Forest Nursery in need of walnuts

State Forest Nursery in need of walnuts

  • 9/20/2016 12:14:00 PM
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Iowa’s State Forest Nursery is in need of walnuts to propagate walnut seedlings this coming year, and is offering $2.50 per bushel.
It’s time to order tree seedlings

It’s time to order tree seedlings

  • 9/20/2016 12:11:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to plant trees and the DNR State Forest Nursery is gearing up for fall orders. 
Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

  • 8/30/2016 12:49:00 PM
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Bur oaks are native to all 99 counties in Iowa and are arguably one of Iowa’s toughest native trees. However, this year, many of these trees are showing signs of bur oak blight.  
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