Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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headquarters = 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034cite web |title=Official site |publisher=Iowa Department of Natural Resources |url=]
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR or IA DNR) is a department/agency of the U.S. state of Iowa charged 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.

Law Enforcement

The [ 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 [ hunter] , [ boater] , [ ATV] and snowmobile safety programs.

tate Forests

The [ Forestry Bureau] provides forestry and prairie technical assistance to Iowa tree, forest and prairie owners and businesses. Services include forestry and prairie management planning, [ cost-share programs] and [ education] efforts. The bureau manages more than 40,000 acres of forests for timber, wildlife, watershed protection and recreation. It operates [ 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 [ Parks and Preserves Bureau] operates and maintains [ 84 parks] and recreation areas in the state, which provide facilities for [ camping] , cabins, picnicking, trails, swimming, [ boating] and [ fishing] . The bureau is also responsible for more than 90 [ state preserves] set aside for their natural or cultural significance. The bureau supervises various programs in recreation planning and resource protection. [ [ 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. [ Wildlife areas]


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources releases a [ weekly fishing report] , compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.

Non-Game Wildlife

[ Wildlife Diversity Program]


External links

* ndash Iowa DNR website

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