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10/24/2014 @ 07:39 AM

Flooding still an issue at some state parks

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Press release from the IDNR


DES MOINES—Due to flooding, several state parks are closed to all recreational activities. Currently, George Wyth State Park of Blackhawk County is closed, but is anticipated to reopen on July 1. Walnut Woods Park in Polk County, and Pottawattamie County's Wilson Island State Recreation Area are also presently closed to the public


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'Operation Dry Water’ Coming This Weekend

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Press Release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Enforcement is being stepped up this weekend on the water, as officers take part in ‘Operation Dry Water’ here and across the country. The nationwide law enforcement push—scheduled for June 25-27 this year—seeks to reduce alcohol or drug related fatalities during the boating season. In Iowa, 10 different waters will see ‘Dry Water’ patrols, with 177 officers involved.
“We are focusing on educating boaters about boating while intoxicated; the dangers of boating and alcohol,” explains Susan Stocker, DNR boating law administrator. Operation Dry Water sets up ‘boating under the influence’ (BUI) checkpoints and challenges more officers to test more boat operators for influence of alcohol or drugs on the water.
In 2009, Iowa recorded 41 boat accidents. Of three which involved fatalities, two were alcohol-related. There were 30 boating while intoxicated arrests on Iowa waters last year. In Iowa, a boater is considered legally over the limit with a .10 blood alcohol level. On the road, the legal limit is .08. Stocker says bringing that ‘on the water’ limit down to match the roadway threshold remains a DNR priority.


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Linn County Conservation Department Schedule of Events

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Just a heads up on all the outdoor activities that the Linn County Conservation department have coming up. Fun for the entire family.


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2010 High School State Trap Shoot Championships

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It’s the state championships. You step up to the line, take a deep breath and concentrate. It’s good advice as you cradle the ball for that last second foul shot in basketball....or position your shotgun during the final round shootoff on the trap shooting range.
More than 500 Iowa high schoolers took their best shots this month at the 2010 state high school trapshooting championships, near Cedar Falls. “In the last three years, we’ve been growing about 100 competitors a year,” notes Ben Berka, shooting sports coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources. “We see a ‘cluster’ effect. One school starts; then another wants it.”


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Iowa Fishing Report

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Iowa DNR Press Release

For immediate release: June 10, 2010

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.


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Iowa Communities work to prevent Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

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Iowa DNR press release.

The recent confirmation of four Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) larvae at Henderson Island on the Mississippi River, near New Albin, will step up Iowa’s efforts to prevent the spread of the invasive pest.
A quarantine prohibiting the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber, or any other article that could further spread EAB is pending from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. A federal quarantine would follow the state quarantine.


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Geocaches 101 & 201 Class Plus Potluck

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Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center is hosting an introductory and an advanced Geocaching Classes on Saturday, May 22 from Noon until 4:30 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center near Toddville. The classes will be preceded by a potluck from 11:00 a.m. until Noon. Participants are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to share.


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SUMMER OUTING-BLACKHAWK PARK

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It is that time of year again to start planning for the Summer Outing. To exedite the process and allow for members to schedule the event in pleanty of time the admins/moderators have pre-determined the date and location. This year's summer outing will be held at Blackhawk State Park, Lake View Iowa on July 23-25. We hope as many people can attend as possible as these events are always a great time to meet and talk with friends from the site.

Below is a link to the Iowa Parks Reservation site. If you plan on attending make sure to reserve a spot. More details on the outing will be posted in the next few weeks.

https://eservices.iowa.gov/iowaparks/

Thanks,

Staff of Iowa Sportsman.com



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DNR TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING ARPIL 27 ON PROPOSED WILDLIFE RULES

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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to discuss a number of new proposed regulations including changes to waterfowl seasons, and the antlerless deer season quotas. The meeting will be conducted over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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Iowa DNR Fishing Report

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Press Releases from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.


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