Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Infobox Government agency
agency_name = Iowa Department of Natural Resources
headquarters = 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines,
Iowa50319-0034cite web |title=Official site |publisher=Iowa Department of Natural Resources |url=http://www.iowadnr.gov/]
chief1_name = Richard Leopold
chief1_position = Director
website = http://www.iowadnr.gov/
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR or IA DNR) is a department/agency of the
U.S. stateof Iowacharged with maintaining state parks and forests; protecting the environment; and managing energy, fish, wildlife, land resources, and water resources of Iowa.
The Mission Statement: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations.
The [http://www.iowadnr.gov/law/index.html Law Enforcement Bureau's] conservation officers enforce laws related to fish, wildlife, boating, snowmobiling and all-terrain vehicles. They assist in wildlife and fish population surveys, provide conservation information to the public, and conduct [http://www.iowadnr.gov/law/hunter/index.html hunter] , [http://www.iowadnr.gov/law/boating/index.html boater] , [http://www.iowadnr.gov/law/atv/index.html ATV] and snowmobile safety programs.
The [http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/index.html Forestry Bureau] provides forestry and prairie technical assistance to Iowa tree, forest and prairie owners and businesses. Services include forestry and prairie management planning, [http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/costshare.html cost-share programs] and [http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/treesforkids.html education] efforts. The bureau manages more than 40,000 acres of forests for timber, wildlife, watershed protection and recreation. It operates [http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/nursery.html state nurseries] in Ames and Montrose, producing 4 million tree and shrub seedlings annually at low cost to the public for erosion control, wildlife habitat and reforestation.
tate Parks and Preserves
The [http://www.iowadnr.gov/parks/index.html Parks and Preserves Bureau] operates and maintains [http://www.iowadnr.gov/parks/state_park_list/index.html 84 parks] and recreation areas in the state, which provide facilities for [http://www.iowadnr.gov/parks/camping/index.html camping] , cabins, picnicking, trails, swimming, [http://www.iowadnr.gov/law/boating/index.html boating] and [http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/index.html fishing] . The bureau is also responsible for more than 90 [http://www.iowadnr.gov/preserves/index.html state preserves] set aside for their natural or cultural significance. The bureau supervises various programs in recreation planning and resource protection. [ [http://www.iowadnr.gov/about.html IA DNR: About Us ] ]
Hunting and Fishing
There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state of Iowa.The Wildlife Bureau manages 356,000 acres of public land available for recreational use. [http://www.iowadnr.gov/wildlife/wmamaps/index.html Wildlife areas]
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources releases a [http://www.iowadnr.gov/news/currentfish.html weekly fishing report] , compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.
[http://www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/diversity/index.html Wildlife Diversity Program]
* http://www.iowadnr.gov/ ndash Iowa DNR website
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