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Arson investigation leads state conservation officers to Williamsburg man

Arson investigation leads state conservation officers to Williamsburg man

  • 9/9/2021 7:10:00 AM
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Jereme Goltz, of Williamsburg, faces charges including two counts of third-degree arson, felony possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine (3rd or subsequent offense), and littering following a two-month long investigation by Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
Drought impacting Iowa’s shallow lakes and wetlands

Drought impacting Iowa’s shallow lakes and wetlands

  • 8/25/2021 8:21:00 AM
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Parkersburg, Iowa - With much of Iowa currently under drought conditions, many shallow lakes and wetlands will either be dry or nearly dry, making scouting an important part of hunter’s preparation ahead of the 2021 waterfowl season.
Wapello Bottoms Wildlife Area adding to southeast Iowa’s recreation options

Wapello Bottoms Wildlife Area adding to southeast Iowa’s recreation options

  • 8/25/2021 8:17:00 AM
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Sometimes, it seems when the stars are aligned, big things can happen. In this case, repeated flood events on the Iowa River in the early 2000s culminating with the flood of 2008 was the thing that allowed farmers who were tired of battling wet farmland to unload that headache and create a 2,800-acre public area.
Open house to discuss Augusta Wildlife Area forest wildlife stewardship plan

Open house to discuss Augusta Wildlife Area forest wildlife stewardship plan

  • 8/5/2021 2:00:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public open house on August 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Cottonwood Loop shelter house of the Welter Recreation Area, to discuss a proposed forest wildlife stewardship plan at the Augusta Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Green Hill Wildlife Area won’t remain a secret for long

Green Hill Wildlife Area won’t remain a secret for long

  • 6/23/2021 6:58:00 AM
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One of Iowa’s newest public wildlife areas is in the backyard of Council Bluffs and outside of a few keen-eyed hunters who noticed the green signs last fall, not many people know about it.
Leave wildlife babies where they belong - In the wild

Leave wildlife babies where they belong - In the wild

  • 5/4/2021 2:39:00 PM
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It's as predictable as May flowers - from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/25/2021 8:33:00 AM
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SWISHER - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Iowa River Wildlife Unit in Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, Cedar and Mahaska counties. 
Iowa DNR to Conduct Prescribed Fires on State Managed Areas

Iowa DNR to Conduct Prescribed Fires on State Managed Areas

  • 3/25/2021 8:28:00 AM
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SUMNER, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Cedar-Wapsi Wildlife Unit in Floyd, Chickasaw, Butler, Bremer and Buchanan counties.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/2/2021 11:02:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Clear Lake Wildlife Unit in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties.
Habitat is critical for pheasants during long, hard winters

Habitat is critical for pheasants during long, hard winters

  • 2/24/2021 10:06:00 AM
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Iowa’s run of mild winters is gone, buried under a head-high snowdrift and frozen from weeks of negative temperatures. This return to the extreme has some residents wanting to help the now highly visible pheasants and quail and calling the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about placing corn and other grains out for the birds to eat.
Iowa DNR plants more than 100,000 trees on public lands in 2020

Iowa DNR plants more than 100,000 trees on public lands in 2020

  • 12/29/2020 11:39:00 AM
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The Iowa DNR reached a milestone goal to plant at least 100,000 trees on state-managed lands in 2020. The tree plantings commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Association of State Foresters, as well as the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks.
DNR project targets grassland invaders

DNR project targets grassland invaders

  • 8/19/2020 8:59:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting an aerial spraying project targeting invasive cottonwood and willow trees that are encroaching on grasslands at 15 wildlife management areas.
Remnant prairie is the jewel of Blackmun Prairie

Remnant prairie is the jewel of Blackmun Prairie

  • 8/4/2020 11:38:00 AM
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Ackley, Iowa - Two miles northeast of Ackley off 320th Street blacktop is one of the rarest of Iowa’s habitat - roughly 60 acres of high-quality remnant prairie that is part of the Blackmun Prairie Wildlife Area – and is a popular site for prairie enthusiasts.
A quiet wild place

A quiet wild place

  • 6/30/2020 2:42:00 PM
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Mt. Sterling, Iowa - The Fox River Wildlife Area is about as far off the beaten path as person can get without getting totally lost. The public hunting area in southern Van Buren County is on the way to nowhere and except for some nonresidents who show up each deer season, it doesn’t get too many visitors.
Meet Phyllis Kimball, a Monarch Champion

Meet Phyllis Kimball, a Monarch Champion

  • 6/22/2020 2:33:00 PM
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Phyllis Kimball, of Creston, enrolled 160 acres in CRP pollinator mix in Ringgold County. Kimball had been away from the farm for more than two decades but returned to manage the day to day operations after an agreement with a local farmer was voided. What she found upon returning was failing terraces and trees that had taken over the valley. She stopped on the gravel road and cried at seeing what had happened to her land.
Forney Lake Wildlife Area offers outdoor recreation all year long

Forney Lake Wildlife Area offers outdoor recreation all year long

  • 6/9/2020 3:21:00 PM
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Thurman, Iowa - Sitting 30 miles south of Council Bluffs is a been-here-forever, old school kind of place that has been attracting duck hunters from across southwest Iowa for more than 100 years. Forney Lake Wildlife Area, acquired by the State of Iowa from the Forney family in 1943, has become a 1,317-acre public land mix of natural wetlands and Loess Hills bluffs, bisected by Bluff Road, in northwest Fremont County.
Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

  • 4/21/2020 12:42:00 PM
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Swisher, Iowa - One of Iowa’s most heavily used shooting ranges was the recipient of a cleanup project led by volunteers who stepped in after the local range manager was sidelined with a non-work related injury.
Leave wildlife babies where they belong -- in the wild

Leave wildlife babies where they belong -- in the wild

  • 4/14/2020 2:23:00 PM
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It's as predictable as May flowers - from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/16/2020 9:26:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Maquoketa Wildlife Unit in Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones and Scott counties.
Iowa DNR to conduct prescribed fires on state managed areas

Iowa DNR to conduct prescribed fires on state managed areas

  • 3/12/2020 8:41:00 AM
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SUMNER, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Cedar-Wapsi Wildlife Unit in Floyd, Chickasaw, Butler, Bremer and Buchanan counties.
Chickadee tax check-off donations continues downward trend in 2018

Chickadee tax check-off donations continues downward trend in 2018

  • 1/21/2020 2:07:00 PM
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Last year, more than 7,200 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, which is roughly 300 fewer donors than in 2017. Donors represent about 0.5 percent of total tax payers in Iowa.
Otter Creek Marsh Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 13

Otter Creek Marsh Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 13

  • 12/5/2019 9:00:00 AM
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The 450-acre wildlife refuge section of Otter Creek Marsh Wildlife Area in Tama County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, beginning Dec. 13. 
Three men charged with illegally taking trumpeter swan

Three men charged with illegally taking trumpeter swan

  • 11/20/2019 4:16:00 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.
DNR Conservation Officer helps rescue duck hunters

DNR Conservation Officer helps rescue duck hunters

  • 10/20/2019 4:17:00 PM
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MONONA COUNTY, Iowa -- On Sunday October 20, at approximately 10:57 AM, Monona County dispatch received a call that Decatur Fire and Rescue was en-route to Tieville Bend Wildlife Management Area for a call of two hunters whose boat was sinking. 
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