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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tom Giese

Muskrats cause damage to Iowa’s Sauk Rail Trail, dike

Repairs are expected to take place on a section of a deteriorated Sac County trail after letters from trail users describing its deterioration were discussed at the January meeting of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
At issue is a concrete roadway atop a .7-mile section of the Sauk Rail Trail near Lake View, Iowa. The affected dike allows water to be held in the Blackhawk Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA), removing sediment and nutrients before entering Blackhawk Lake.

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Iowa’s White Horse Access Wildlife Management Area near Auburn increases by 53 acres

A southeast Sac County wildlife management area will expand by 53 acres, following a unanimous vote recently by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
The board, with two members absent, approved the purchase of two tracts bordering the White Horse Access Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located 3 miles north of Auburn.

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New approach will test the removal of invasives at Iowa’s Backbone State Park

Iowa Department of Natural Resources foresters are using a novel plan to eliminate invasive species, testing that approach at Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point.
The approach involves using a bulldozer and excavator to pull out decimated pine trees and invading plants in the infested area, planting brohm grass, killing resurgent broad-leaf plants and planting seedlings in the affected acreage. The project will take up to three years to complete.

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New archery, shooting sports building approved at Iowa State Fairgrounds

A permanent building to house archery and shooting sports activities at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines was approved Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, but not before issues of timing and cost were debated by commission members.
The cost for the project substantially exceeded the DNR’s $610,000 estimate for the work.

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State to transfer ownership of Iowa’s Kearny State Park golf course to city of Emmetsburg

By the late summer of 2024, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will no longer own a golf course.
In December, the state Natural Resources Commission provided its stamp of approval for the transfer of Kearny State Park in Palo Alto County to the city of Emmetsburg.  Pending executive council approval, the park and principally its 9-hole golf course will be officially owned by Emmetsburg.

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Funds sought for Iowa ‘Great Monarch Skyway’ sculpture promoting pollinator importance

An Iowa emeritus art professor is seeking funds to bring a butterfly-based sculpture to life.
David Richmond, long-time professor at Simpson College, told the Iowa Natural Resources Commission recently that he would like to see “Great Monarch Skyway” become a reality. The structure would represent a salute to butterflies, their place in nature and their promise for the future.

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Demolition project at Iowa’s Springbrook State Park draws concern from commission

A plan to demolish five buildings at Springbrook State Park ran into opposition last Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, with at least two board members expressing concern that the project could bring a wave of protests from the public.
At heart is the proposed demolition of a 54-year-old classroom/office building, a dining hall and three dormitory buildings at the site, located in Guthrie County.

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