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Natural Resource Commission to Meet October 11 in Pisgah
Posted: 10/02/2012
PISGAH – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 8:30 a.m., Oct. 11, at the Loess Hills State Forest Visitor’s Center, 206 Polk Street, in Pisgah.

Commissioners and DNR staff will meet at 11 a.m., Oct. 10 for a tour of the area. The tour will depart from the Loess Hills State Forest Visitor’s Center and includes a forestry field tour, Missouri River tour and a stop at the Lewis and Clark State Park Visitors Center in Onawa. The tour is expected to return at 5 p.m.
The meeting and tour is open to the public.

Members of the NRC are Kim Francisco, Gregory Drees, Janelle Rettig, Dennis Schemmel, Margo Underwood, Conrad Clement and Dr. Sally Prickett.  The Director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.

The following is the agenda for the October meeting.
  • Approve Agenda
    • Consent Agenda
    • Hardwood Timber Sale Stephens State Forest
    • Hardwood Timber Sale Shimek State Forest
    • Hardwood Timber Sale Yellow River State Forest 1
    • Hardwood Timber Sale Yellow River State Forest 2
    • Land Managemet Project – Mississippi River, Allamakee County, Interstate Power and Light Company
    • REAP County Conservation Board Grants
    • REAP City Parks and Open Space Grants
  • Approve Minutes of Sept. 13 and 26 Meetings
  • Director Remarks
  • Honey Creek Resort State Park Update
  • Wildlife Diversity Program State Wildlife Grant Contracts 2012
  • Contract with Iowa State University
  • Contact with Cornell College, Mount Vernon
  • Contract with Habitat Forever LLC for Lundquist Iowa Habitat and Access Habitat Improvement Project
  • Hardwood Timber Sale Stephens State Forest
  • Hardwood Timber Sale Shimek State Forest
  • Hardwood Timber Sale Yellow River State Forest 1
  • Hardwood Timber Sale Yellow River State Forest 2
  • Cooperative Agreement with City of Guttenberg, Fish Cleaning Facility
  • Contract with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Engineering Construction Projects
    • Lake Keomah State Park, Lake Keomah Park Office
    • Big Creek State Park, Beach Renovation Project
    • Kellerton Wildlife Area, Headquarters, New Office/Building
    • Lake Ahquabi State Park, Concession Building
    • Lake Ahquabi, Shoreline Armoring – Phase II
    • Lake Darling State Park, Shoreline Armoring and PCC Paving
  • Engineering Master Contract Professional Services
    • Wilson Island State Recreation Area – New Shop/Office Building
    • Lake of Three Fires – New Shop/Office Building
  • Engineering Professional Services Items – Lost Grove Lake Earthen Dam and Spillway Project
  • Small Construction Projects
  • Land Acquisition Projects
    • Union Grove State Park, Tama County – Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
    • Lake George Wildlife Management Area, Hancock County – INHF
    • Big Marsh WMA, Butler County – INHF
    • Lower Morse Lake Wetland Complex, Wright County – INHF
    • Okoboji View Golf Course, Dickinson County – Schnell
    • Larson WMA, Humboldt County – Larson Estate
    • Pike’s Peak State Park, Clayton County – Country Properties, L.C.
    • Upper Iowa River WMA, Winneshiek County - Fure
  • *Land Management Project – Mississippi River, Allamakee County – Interstate Power and Light Company
  • Chapter 56, Shooting Range Grant Recommendations
  • *REAP County Conservation Board Grants
  • *REAP City Parks and Open Space Grants
  • Division Administrator Remarks
  • General Discussion
    • DNR Funding to Canada Ducks Unlimited
    • NRC Legislative Annual Report
    • Waterfowl Working Group Update
  • Upcoming NRC Dates
    • Nov. 8, Des Moines

For a complete agenda, go to