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Loess Hills Visitors Center renamed for longtime forester

Loess Hills Visitors Center renamed for longtime forester

  • 6/6/2017 11:34:00 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.
Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

  • 6/6/2017 11:32:00 AM
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Let the Lewis and Clark Festival take you back to a time of buckskinners and exploration at its 33rd annual celebration, June 9-11. The event is held at Lewis and Clark State Park outside of Onawa in western Iowa.
Nonresident Hunting Update

Nonresident Hunting Update

  • 6/2/2017 1:07:00 PM
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Last chance: Iowa nonresident deer application closes Sunday The 2017 Iowa nonresident deer application period closes at midnight on Sunday, June 4. Applications and preference point purchases will not be accepted after that date and time.
Natural Resource Commission to meet June 8 near Toledo

Natural Resource Commission to meet June 8 near Toledo

  • 6/2/2017 1:04:00 PM
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Toledo, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., June 8, in the Tama County Nature Center, 2283 Park Road, in Toledo.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 6/2/2017 7:40:00 AM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
June is Great Outdoors month

June is Great Outdoors month

  • 5/30/2017 2:24:00 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.
DNR encourages Iowans to join #MissionFishin

DNR encourages Iowans to join #MissionFishin

  • 5/30/2017 2:11:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is recruiting Iowans to accept the mission to take someone fishing. Share your love of fishing with a kid, your best friend, a spouse or your parents.
Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

  • 5/29/2017 11:30:00 AM
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BACKBONE STATE PARK -- The Iowa DNR is investigating a fall at Backbone State Park that left a girl injured on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

  • 5/25/2017 3:31:00 PM
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DANVILLE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at6:30 p.m., June 1, at the Linkin Center in New London, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Geode State Park in Henry County.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 5/25/2017 1:39:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions. Find the entire, original orders on DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/AboutDNR/EnforcementActions.aspx. 
Missouri River group to meet June 13 in Mills County

Missouri River group to meet June 13 in Mills County

  • 5/25/2017 1:38:00 PM
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MALVERN–The Iowa watershed approach, providing nearly $100 million to improve rural watersheds, is the focus of the June 13 meeting of the State Interagency Missouri River Authority (SIMRA).
Revisions to Guideline on Air Quality Models Effective

Revisions to Guideline on Air Quality Models Effective

  • 5/25/2017 8:42:00 AM
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On May 22, 2017 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the revisions to air dispersion modeling requirements in Appendix W of 40 CFR Part 51 became effective.  The final rule includes several new or updated model options that help alleviate model over-prediction or allow for more appropriate source characterization. 
2016 Title V Emissions Fee Due July 1, 2017

2016 Title V Emissions Fee Due July 1, 2017

  • 5/23/2017 11:50:00 AM
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On May 23, 2017, the Environmental Protection Commission set the Title V air emissions fee for the calendar year 2016 at $70.00 per ton.  As required by 567 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 30.4(2), the fee payment, along with one copy of Forms 1.0, 5.0, and a signed Part 3, must be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources - Air Quality Bureau no later than July 1, 2017.
DNR advises boaters use caution on swollen rivers, reservoirs

DNR advises boaters use caution on swollen rivers, reservoirs

  • 5/23/2017 11:47:00 AM
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Boaters, anglers, and paddlers are encouraged to use caution if planning to spend time on Iowa rivers or flood control reservoirs over the Memorial Day holiday. Heavy rainfall last weekend has brought many rivers to near flood stage and the force of the water will likely have moved around logs and other obstacles.
Diesel Emission Reduction Grants Still Available

Diesel Emission Reduction Grants Still Available

  • 5/19/2017 8:49:00 PM
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The Department of Natural Resources received grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for a diesel emission reduction program in Iowa.  The DNR has created a competitive application process to fund projects that will implement cost-effective strategies that result in diesel emission reductions statewide. 
Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

  • 5/19/2017 3:18:00 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.
Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

  • 5/18/2017 8:36:00 AM
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Iowa campers, picnickers and outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer. If weather continues as it has been, Iowa’s state parks will be busting at the seams. 
Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

  • 5/18/2017 8:31:00 AM
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The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is hosting an exhibition entitled “This movement for a more beautiful Iowa”: The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iowa's State Parks Act, signed into law on April 12, 1917.
Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

  • 5/16/2017 12:19:00 PM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great opportunity to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Catching panfish is easy and fun.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

  • 5/16/2017 12:18:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.
Outdoor education workshops scheduled

Outdoor education workshops scheduled

  • 5/16/2017 12:16:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring workshops for K –12 educators on Iowa’s outdoors this summer. 
Local fishing club pays it forward

Local fishing club pays it forward

  • 5/16/2017 12:15:00 PM
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A central Iowa fishing club is the 2017 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program.
Spring panfish bite is heating up

Spring panfish bite is heating up

  • 5/16/2017 11:28:00 AM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Here's a few hotspots to try this spring.
Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

Sulfur Dioxide Data Requirements Rule Report Available for Public Review and Comment

  • 5/16/2017 8:48:00 AM
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The DNR is documenting significant reductions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in Des Moines and Wapello Counties in the first annual report required by the federal SO2 Data Requirements Rule (DRR).  The DRR requires an annual assessment of recent SO2 emissions in any area designated attainment based on air quality modeling of actual emissions.  
Tour cancelled; EPC meeting by teleconference May 23

Tour cancelled; EPC meeting by teleconference May 23

  • 5/12/2017 9:26:00 AM
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DES MOINES –With few items on the May 23 agenda, the Environmental Protection Commission has cancelled plans for a pre-meeting educational tour in Clayton County. Instead they will meet by conference call. 
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 5/9/2017 3:02:00 PM
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Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.
Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

  • 5/9/2017 3:01:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Peregrine falcons have increased their presence in Iowa, with peregrine partners and volunteers now reporting 20 peregrine falcon territories in the state.
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