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Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 12/27/2018 8:16:00 AM
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The unseasonably warm weather is causing ice conditions to deteriorate across much of the state. Lakes with the best ice are north of Hwy. 3. Use caution and test the ice thickness frequently if heading out and trust your instincts – if it doesn’t look right, don’t go.
River Valley OHV Park to remain closed for 2019

River Valley OHV Park to remain closed for 2019

  • 12/27/2018 8:15:00 AM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The River Valley OHV Park will remain closed for 2019 due to necessary cleanup following floods and a major fire this past summer.
Dates set for MAC training

Dates set for MAC training

  • 12/24/2018 1:41:00 PM
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Commercial manure applicators can fulfill annual training and certification requirements in 41 counties and at one Minnesota location on Jan. 3. Most locations offer training from 9 a.m. to noon. Please pre-register with the Iowa State University county Extension and Outreach office by Dec. 26.
Meeting the challenge of cold weather manure application

Meeting the challenge of cold weather manure application

  • 12/24/2018 1:40:00 PM
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Freezing temperatures following a wet fall and delayed harvest make this year’s manure application challenging. For many in northwest and north central Iowa, surface application has been the only viable option during the last few weeks.
DNR south central field office moving Jan. 7

DNR south central field office moving Jan. 7

  • 12/20/2018 1:49:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – After five years in Windsor Heights, DNR’s Field Office 5, serving 18 counties in south central Iowa, will move to Des Moines.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 12/20/2018 1:48:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 12/20/2018 1:46:00 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.
Ledges State Park upcoming annual meeting Dec. 20

Ledges State Park upcoming annual meeting Dec. 20

  • 12/19/2018 8:15:00 AM
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MADRID, Iowa -- Staff from Ledges State Park will host their annual public meeting Thursday, December 20, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Boone City Hall Auditorium – 923 8th Street, Boone, IA. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and a presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

  • 12/18/2018 1:19:00 PM
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DES MOINES – What’s the best way to spend New Year’s Day? Take a First Day Hike in one of 27 participating Iowa state parks! Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.  
Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Mitchell County January 25-26

Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Mitchell County January 25-26

  • 12/18/2018 1:18:00 PM
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Osage, Iowa - Registration is now open for the Jan. 25-26 Beyond BOW workshop in Mitchell County. The two-day, hands-on workshop headquartered at Mitchell County Conservation in Osage, is an opportunity to learn to ice fish, squirrel hunt, rabbit hunt, fur trap, and process fur and game.
Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Guthrie County February 8-10

Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Guthrie County February 8-10

  • 12/18/2018 1:16:00 PM
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Guthrie Center, Iowa - Registration is now open for the Feb. 8-10 Beyond BOW workshop in Guthrie County. The two-day, hands-on workshop headquartered at Springbrook State Park, near Guthrie Center, is an opportunity to learn to ice fish, winter survival skills, how to snowshoe and cross-country ski and more.
DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

  • 12/18/2018 1:15:00 PM
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AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Section’s Fire Program, in cooperation with US Forest Service, has awarded $234,459 in 50% cost-sharing grants to 100 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid in their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. 
DNR investigated Clinton County manure spill Saturday

DNR investigated Clinton County manure spill Saturday

  • 12/17/2018 8:24:00 PM
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WASHINGTON – Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, DNR responded to a complaint of discolored water in an unnamed tributary of Elk Creek about three miles southeast of Andover in Clinton County.
Counties must sign up soon to evaluate animal confinement sites

Counties must sign up soon to evaluate animal confinement sites

  • 12/13/2018 11:38:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Counties interested in evaluating construction permits for proposed animal feeding facilities must adopt a construction evaluation resolution and submit the resolution to DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 12/13/2018 11:36:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
DNR Enforcement Actions

DNR Enforcement Actions

  • 12/13/2018 11:34:00 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.
Online Permit Application System Gets New Name

Online Permit Application System Gets New Name

  • 12/13/2018 11:20:00 AM
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The effort to provide a convenient, efficient application system to submit and track air quality permit applications is well underway. Formerly called e-Application, its new name, Iowa Environmental Application System or EASY Air, reflects DNR’s belief the system will fulfill stakeholders’ 2016 vision:
DNR investigating hunting incidents, urges safety as top priority

DNR investigating hunting incidents, urges safety as top priority

  • 12/11/2018 11:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – DNR conservation officers responded to numerous hunting incidents this weekend during the second shotgun season for deer. The following are incidents that are currently under investigation by the Iowa DNR and any possible charges will be forthcoming.
Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18

Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18

  • 12/11/2018 10:19:00 AM
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The wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 18. 
Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

  • 12/7/2018 12:03:00 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 12/6/2018 1:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 12/6/2018 1:19:00 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.
2018 Iowa angler survey underway

2018 Iowa angler survey underway

  • 12/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
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Anglers who bought a 2018 Iowa fishing license may receive a phone call or email soon from Responsive Management encouraging them to participate in a survey to help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) improve fishing opportunities across the state.
Wildlife Notes

Wildlife Notes

  • 12/4/2018 3:54:00 PM
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Brief updates on wildlife and hunting news
Meet Iowa's winter raptors

Meet Iowa's winter raptors

  • 11/29/2018 12:08:00 PM
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Get out your binoculars! These raptors can only be found in Iowa during the winter as they breed elsewhere -maybe you'll get lucky and catch a glimpse of these winter residents!
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 11/29/2018 11:18:00 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. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions.
Sign Up by Jan. 31 to use the Master Matrix

Sign Up by Jan. 31 to use the Master Matrix

  • 11/29/2018 8:29:00 AM
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Counties interested in using the Master Matrix to evaluate construction permit applications for confinement (totally roofed) animal feeding operations must pass and submit a construction evaluation resolution each year. Submit the resolution to DNR between Jan. 1 and 31 for the Master Matrix year that starts in February 2019.
Biosecurity Workshops for Pork Producers

Biosecurity Workshops for Pork Producers

  • 11/29/2018 8:28:00 AM
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It may be time to reconsider biosecurity measures after the recent spread of African Swine Fever in China. Iowa State University is offering workshops for producers, their employees, veterinarians and others who may enter pork production facilities. The two-hour workshop covers case studies, risk management and help for producers in determining their highest priorities.
Deputy issued citation for unlawful possession of Whitetail deer antlers

Deputy issued citation for unlawful possession of Whitetail deer antlers

  • 11/29/2018 8:14:00 AM
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GREENE COUNTY, Iowa -- On November 3, 2018, a DNR Conservation Officer received a call from a man who came upon a scene of a woman who had hit a deer on N Ave. between 185th and 190th streets in Greene County. The man waited for a sheriff’s deputy to arrive. Once the deputy arrived, the man asked the deputy about a salvage tag. Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Kirk Hammer declined to issue him a salvage tag.
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