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Natural Resource Commission (NRC)

The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) consists of seven citizens who provide policy oversight over Iowa's natural resource protection and enhancement efforts. NRC members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by vote of the Senate for four year terms. Some of the substantive work of the Commission includes reviewing and approving hunting and fishing administrative rules; public land donations, acquisitions, and easements; construction projects; general business contracts; leases; grants; and the annual budget.

NRC meetings are typically conducted on the second Thursday of the month. At times the Commission may decide to meet in a location outside of Des Moines. Time is normally scheduled at each meeting for members of the public to address the Commission about topics related to natural resource management. If you are interested in the time and place of the meeting for the current month, the agenda will be published at this site prior to the meeting. For further information about meetings you may contact the NRC Board Administrator at

Upcoming meeting:

July 11, 2024, 9:30 a.m.
NRC Meeting Packet and Agenda

Location: Virtual-only

2023 NRC Annual Report

For information regarding scheduling an opportunity to speak to the Commission or general NRC questions please contact Alicia Plathe at or 515-313-8909.


Upcoming Meetings:




Meeting Date Time Meeting Location
July 11, 2024
9:30 am
Des Moines, Iowa
August 8, 2024
9:30 am Des Moines, Iowa
Sept 11-12, 2024
9:30 am Winnebago County
October 10, 2024 9:30 am Des Moines, Iowa



NRC Commissioners

Marcus Branstad, Chair
Laura Foell
Uriah Hansen
Tom Prickett, Vice Chair
KR Buck
Laura Kudej

Tammi Kircher, Secretary

Board Administrator 
Alicia Plathe
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
office/cell: 515-313-8909


Natural Resources Commission, Agendas/Items and Meeting Minutes