Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa DNR logo
Agency overview
Headquarters 502 East 9th Street,
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034[1]
Agency executive Richard Leopold, Director

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[edit]

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.

State Forests[edit]

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 (160 km2) 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.

State Parks and Preserves[edit]

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.[2]

Hunting and Fishing[edit]

There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state of Iowa. The Wildlife Bureau manages 356,000 acres (1,440 km2) 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[edit]

Wildlife Diversity Program


  1. ^ "Official site". Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 
  2. ^ IA DNR: About Us

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