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Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

  • 4/2/2024 11:44:00 AM
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Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.
DNR enforcement actions, published 3/28/2024

DNR enforcement actions, published 3/28/2024

  • 3/28/2024 3:22:00 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.
DNR investigates tree and fire vandalism at Big Creek State Park

DNR investigates tree and fire vandalism at Big Creek State Park

  • 3/26/2024 11:46:00 AM
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POLK CITY, IA – On March 15 around 10:30 p.m. several local law enforcement agencies were called to Big Creek State Park to extinguish an illegal bonfire at the east boat ramp, which was allegedly set by a party of youths. When officials arrived on scene, the youths dispersed. No arrests have been made.
Fort Atkinson Preserve closed for renovations

Fort Atkinson Preserve closed for renovations

  • 3/26/2024 11:40:00 AM
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FORT ATKINSON -- Fort Atkinson State Preserve in Winneshiek County is currently closed to visitors as crews begin work to repair and stabilize the 1840s-era fort structures. The closure will continue until the project is complete later this summer.
Review safe hunting practices ahead of spring turkey season

Review safe hunting practices ahead of spring turkey season

  • 3/26/2024 11:38:00 AM
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Roughly 35,000 camo-covered hunters in stealth mode will be heading to the timber in the next few weeks for Iowa’s spring turkey season. And, just as important as contacting the landowner, checking the shell supply and finding the decoys, part of every hunt prep is to review safe hunting practices.
Iowa’s spring turkey season is right around the corner

Iowa’s spring turkey season is right around the corner

  • 3/26/2024 11:36:00 AM
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Coming off record harvests in 2020 and again in 2023, Iowa’s spring turkey hunters could be living in the “good ol’ days.” And with three straight years of good hatches across much of the state, roughly 35,000 hunters are ready to hit the woods.
Iowa’s Prairie Chicken Festival is April 6

Iowa’s Prairie Chicken Festival is April 6

  • 3/26/2024 11:34:00 AM
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Kellerton, Iowa – The unique courtship of Iowa’s prairie chickens will be on full display at the Kellerton Grasslands Bird Conservation Area on April 6, during the annual Prairie Chicken Festival, in Ringgold County. The festival will be held at the Kellerton viewing platform, two miles west and one mile south of Kellerton. There is ample parking and the viewing platform is accessible for those with limited mobility.

Come Join the Frog and Toad Call Survey!

  • 3/22/2024 6:02:00 PM
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Calling all wildlife watchers! The Iowa DNR will be hosting two more frog and toad call survey training workshops in 2024.
Did your Title V Responsible Official change?

Did your Title V Responsible Official change?

  • 3/19/2024 10:42:00 AM
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Did your facility recently change your Title V Responsible Official? Is your Title V Responsible Official going to be unavailable to sign your facility certifications by the due date?
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 14

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 14

  • 3/12/2024 2:42:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will meet at 9:30 a.m., March 14.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/12/2024 2:40:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit and Waterfowl Production Areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Sac, Calhoun, Crawford, Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties.Areas scheduled for burns are Black Hawk Marsh Complex, Burrows Pond Complex, Tomahawk Marsh, Whitehorse Complex and Kiowa Marsh Complex in Sac County; South Twin Lake and Towhead Lake in Calhoun County; Schrad...
Help Iowa DNR expand walleye collection data

Help Iowa DNR expand walleye collection data

  • 3/12/2024 11:46:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering for a third year with MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas to conduct a statewide walleye fishing challenge from March 30 through June 30.
DNR to host public meeting on Fort Atkinson Preserve historic fort

DNR to host public meeting on Fort Atkinson Preserve historic fort

  • 3/12/2024 11:43:00 AM
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FORT ATKINSON-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an open house on March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Fort Atkinson State Preserve​, 303 2nd Street, ​Fort Atkinson, to discuss upcoming repairs to several of the historic structures at the preserve. The open house will begin with a short presentation, with DNR staff on hand to answer questions. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Fort Atkinson Community Center​ at 303 3rd Street NW, Fort Atkinson.
McIntosh Woods State Park to install new docks

McIntosh Woods State Park to install new docks

  • 3/12/2024 11:41:00 AM
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VENTURA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be installing four new docks at McIntosh Woods State Park this spring, providing boaters improved access for the upcoming recreation season. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of April.
Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter to open for 2024

Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter to open for 2024

  • 3/12/2024 11:39:00 AM
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OKOBOJI – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is opening the Gull Point State Park lodge and shelter for reservations, starting March 20. The facilities were initially closed for the 2024 season due to a planned renovation project, including upgrades to roads and campsite infrastructure. That project is on hold due to construction delays.
Diesel spill reaches Middle Nodaway River

Diesel spill reaches Middle Nodaway River

  • 3/8/2024 11:14:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a diesel spill on the Middle Nodaway River in Adair County.
Environmental Protection Commission meeting agenda

Environmental Protection Commission meeting agenda

  • 3/7/2024 2:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have their monthly business meeting Mar.19. The meeting is virtual only.
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 3/5/2024 12:07:00 PM
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Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and large reservoirs across Iowa just after the ice is gone.
Spring community trout stocking starts March 21

Spring community trout stocking starts March 21

  • 3/5/2024 12:04:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in nine lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program general signup for 2024

USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program general signup for 2024

  • 3/5/2024 12:02:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin signing up for the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting March 4 and running through March 29, 2024.
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