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Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tom Giese

Three Iowa land purchases add nearly 50 acres for recreation use

The Iowa Natural Resources Commission approved the purchase of three properties, with one of the purchases receiving special attention at the commission’s Thursday meeting at the Wallace Building in Des Moines.
The parcel receiving added attention involved 31 acres of nearly level to gently-sloping land adjacent to the Perkins Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Palo Alto County. Its appraised value is $332,100 and the commission agreed to pay $330,000 for the property.

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Land donations add recreational opportunities at five Iowa sites

Several groups and individuals were in the gift-giving mood, and outdoor enthusiasts will be the beneficiaries, following action taken Dec. 14 by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
All told, five parcels were donated to the state, with a combined 250 acres, in places bordering everything from a state forest to a trio of wildlife management areas and a prairie.

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Position approved to coordinate, organize ATV activities in Iowa

Funding was recently approved for a position overseeing off-highway vehicle activities in Iowa.
The Iowa Natural Resources Commission approved a contract in November with the Iowa Off Highway Vehicle Association calling for funding a statewide job promoting activities for all-terrain vehicle operators. Duties will include writing grants, organizing meetings and communicating with the public.

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Iowa urban areas drawn into effort to promote species of greatest conservation need

Birds and butterflies will soon have more allies in Iowa’s urban settings.
County conservation boards, governments, private groups and individuals will have a blueprint to attract and maintain species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) to Iowa cities, through a program backed by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission (NRC) and Iowa State University. Meetings will be held, surveys conducted and educational materials developed to promote SGCN action in cities.

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Iowa DNR hosts webinar that promotes CWD vigilance, details testing options

Outdoor enthusiasts across Iowa were encouraged to join the effort to curb Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), including everything from reporting sick animals to stopping supplemental feeding, during a webinar Wednesday night hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The program featured an update on the disease as well as DNR efforts to manage outbreaks.  A representative also offered dos and don’ts for hunters who shoot a deer during the upcoming gun-deer season.

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Iowa Habitat and Access Program opens up more land for hunters

Just in time for the firearm deer hunting season, two more properties will be available to hunters through the Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP).
The additions will bring the total available acreage statewide to approximately 33,000 acres and involve 250 landowners, according to Nick Baumgarten, Private Lands Program coordinator and director of IHAP. The program rewards participants with payment incentives as well as guidance for habitat improvements in exchange for allowing hunting access to land.

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Trout Run/Siewers Spring project aims to reduce stream pollution in one of Iowa’s top trout fisheries

A contract was unanimously approved on Tuesday by the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission aimed at reducing sediment pollution into one of the state’s top trout fisheries as well as the watershed for the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery.
The three-year agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) provides administrative support and practical measures with the goal of curbing runoff to Siewers Spring, which feeds the Decorah trout hatchery as well as the downstream Trout Run.

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Iowa cities, conservation groups offered $400,000 in 2023 through motor fuel tax grants

A total of 14 groups were offered a combined $400,000 in funds recently to improve water-related facilities and structures as part of the Water Recreation Access Cost-Share (WRAC) grants awarded through the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
The grants, approved at the November meeting of the commission, help cities and conservation groups improve water access for recreational purposes. Projects range from the purchase of land access and dock replacement to localized dredging.

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Iowa Natural Resources Commission acquires four parcels, including Humboldt County land

The purchase of a 65-acre tract in north-central Iowa will add opportunities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts on land bordering the east fork of the Des Moines River.
Last week, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission approved the purchase of the parcel from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) at a cost of $248,100. The irregularly-shaped tract, located in Humboldt County, includes timber and grassland.  It is accessible on the west by a county road.

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