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DNR responds to overturned combine near Exira

DNR responds to overturned combine near Exira

  • 11/29/2019 3:41:00 PM
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EXIRA, Iowa - On Tuesday, November 26, DNR field office staff responded to a report of an overturned combine in a creek northeast of Exira. 
DNR conservation officer and park ranger rescue duck hunters

DNR conservation officer and park ranger rescue duck hunters

  • 11/29/2019 3:40:00 PM
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MONONA COUNTY, Iowa - DNR Conservation Officer Gary Sisco and DNR Park Ranger Katie Hoeppner responded to a stranded boat with duck hunters on West Blue Lake, a marsh off of Blue Lake in Monona County in the evening hours of November 26.
IHAP sites help meet the demand for public hunting areas

IHAP sites help meet the demand for public hunting areas

  • 11/26/2019 12:54:00 PM
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WEST UNION, Iowa - The winding roads of Fayette County, east of Eldorado, lead to a 130-acre area split by the Turkey River that could be a sneaky-good spot for hunting deer in a part of the state known for its deer hunting.
DNR and several agencies find missing deer hunter

DNR and several agencies find missing deer hunter

  • 11/25/2019 4:07:00 PM
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MONROE COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and park rangers responded to a report of a missing deer hunter on November 24 at the Tyrone State Game Management Area in Monroe County.
New Air Construction Permit Template application process

New Air Construction Permit Template application process

  • 11/25/2019 12:04:00 PM
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For those who use air construction permit templates, beginning Dec. 4 there’s a new, convenient process using Iowa EASY Air, the Iowa DNR’s new electronic air permit application system.
Blue Pit trout stocking moved to Nov. 26

Blue Pit trout stocking moved to Nov. 26

  • 11/25/2019 11:56:00 AM
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MASON CITY – The trout stocking at Blue Pit has been moved to Nov. 26 at 11:00 a.m. Previously scheduled for Nov. 27, the stocking was moved up a day due to the winter storm forecast for the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/21/2019 2:27:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
Three men charged with illegally taking trumpeter swan

Three men charged with illegally taking trumpeter swan

  • 11/20/2019 5:16:00 PM
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MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa -- On November 17, 2019, DNR Conservation Officers received a TIP that a trumpeter swan had been shot at Cedar Bottoms Wildlife Management Area in Muscatine County.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 11/19/2019 3:10:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are starting to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/19/2019 3:07:00 PM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 7, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
For Iowa’s deer hunters, the wait is nearly over, shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 7

For Iowa’s deer hunters, the wait is nearly over, shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 7

  • 11/19/2019 3:02:00 PM
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Heading into Iowa’s busiest outdoor ‘opening day,’ shotgun deer season hunters should expect to see about the same number of deer in the timber as last year – with the possible exception for hunters in southcentral Iowa, where local deer populations were impacted by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.
Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

  • 11/19/2019 3:00:00 PM
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For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/14/2019 3:11:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 11/14/2019 3:10:00 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.
DNR releases draft 2018 impaired waters list, open for public comment

DNR releases draft 2018 impaired waters list, open for public comment

  • 11/14/2019 3:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the newly released draft impaired waters list. Data released by the Iowa DNR today shows 27 impairments are recommended to be removed from the 2018 impaired list, once approved by the EPA.
Keeping Iowa’s forests healthy takes active management

Keeping Iowa’s forests healthy takes active management

  • 11/12/2019 12:54:00 PM
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RUNNELS, Iowa - It was a good half-mile hike back to the 40-acre section of timber on the Red Rock Wildlife Area that gave Jeremy Cochran and Todd Gosselink time to explain their plans to improve the forest resource on this heavily used public area.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/12/2019 12:53:00 PM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

  • 11/12/2019 7:51:00 AM
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Get out and explore northeast Iowa’s trout streams this fall. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to streams in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces – there's a perfect spot for everyone.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 11/7/2019 4:59:00 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 air quality. DNR’s permitting staff review each permit application to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality requirements. We encourage public comments on draft permits, providing help on how to make effective comments. Submit written comments to the assigned permit writer before 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the comment period. DNR considers public comments befor...
REAP assemblies scheduled in 18 communities

REAP assemblies scheduled in 18 communities

  • 11/7/2019 4:51:00 PM
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Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies will begin in two weeks, giving all Iowans an opportunity to share and discuss their visions for Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management and more.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 14 in Des Moines

  • 11/7/2019 4:45:00 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 14, in the Wallace State Office Building conference room 2 north, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Tomorrow’s trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

Tomorrow’s trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

  • 11/7/2019 4:10:00 PM
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SIOUX CITY – The trout stocking scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 8 at Bacon Creek has been postponed due to forecast low temperatures that could cause the lake to freeze and create unsafe ice and fishing conditions.
Fort Atkinson State Preserve receives national preservation grant

Fort Atkinson State Preserve receives national preservation grant

  • 11/5/2019 4:30:00 PM
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FORT ATKINSON, Iowa – The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded Fort Atkinson State Preserve in Winneshiek County with a $497,500 grant as part of its Save America’s Treasures program. The grant award was announced by the NPS in September.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/5/2019 4:29:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar™ program to provide funding to local 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. Minimum grant request is $5,000 with a 1:1 cash match required.
DNR to offer leases to beginning farmers

DNR to offer leases to beginning farmers

  • 11/5/2019 4:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Beginning farmers have the opportunity to manage DNR land through the DNR’s Agriculture Lease Program in 2020, in part to legislation passed in 2013.
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 11/5/2019 4:26:00 PM
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Enjoy the spectacular colors and cool weather this fall fishing in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to those found in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces, there are plenty of places to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 10/31/2019 3:00:00 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.
Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans

Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans

  • 10/29/2019 12:09:00 PM
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Hunters donated more than 4,300 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was an increase of over 1,000 hides from 2017. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned in to leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.
Learn basic tackle and techniques to catch trout at Terra Park

Learn basic tackle and techniques to catch trout at Terra Park

  • 10/29/2019 12:08:00 PM
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JOHNSTON, Iowa – Last fall the Iowa Department of Natural Resources trout program’s community fisheries expanded its central Iowa stockings to Johnston. Join our community fishing biologist at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, to learn some trout fishing basics, then venture to Terra Lake to try your skills. 
What makes an animal albino?

What makes an animal albino?

  • 10/29/2019 9:45:00 AM
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If you’ve ever spotted an abnormally white critter, or taken notice of its pink eyes, you may have seen an albino animal! From snails and fish to robins and deer, albinism has been observed in a wide range of Iowa animals. 
Carroll County father and son charged with several deer violations

Carroll County father and son charged with several deer violations

  • 10/23/2019 8:58:00 AM
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CARROLL COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers have charged two Glidden men with numerous deer hunting violations, including poaching, from an investigation stemming back to November 2018.
Ramsey Subaru donates bike racks to five Iowa state parks

Ramsey Subaru donates bike racks to five Iowa state parks

  • 10/22/2019 3:54:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Ramsey Subaru of Des Moines has donated $2,500 to purchase bike racks at five Iowa state parks. The dealership will present the check at a small ceremony at Big Creek State Park on Friday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
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