Turtles still need your help!

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l-Turtles-attempting-flightPLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
Iowa Turtles need your help!

Share your opinion; explain the importance of the new turtle rules in protecting Iowa’s turtle population from over-harvesting.

  • The Iowa DNR is holding a “stakeholder meeting” on September 8 at the Iowa Capitol in Room 116 at 3 PM.  This meeting may determine if the turtle-trapping season will be implemented in time to save turtles this winter.The meeting is in response to turtle trappers’ complaints that they didn’t have enough input on the new turtle harvest rules.The DNR’s recommended season and the bag and possession limits are already a compromise. There have already been numerous public input sessions and all NRC meetings provide for public input.Please arrive at 2:30 if you wish to speak.
  • We must protect turtles during vulnerable times or there will be no turtles for our children and grandchildren.The season must be closed from at least January to July.We are now asking for a complete closure of commercial harvesting in Iowa.
  • Turtle populations are at high risk of depletion, and outdoors folks have long recognized the importance of closed seasons and possession limits to protect wildlife.Open season for trapping other fur-bearing animals which reproduce many times faster than turtles runs from Nov 5 to Jan 31, less than three months.We cannot stand for further delays in rules setting seasons and bag limits.  Turtles must be protected now.
Thank the DNR for the consideration, but encourage them and the Natural Resources Council to approve the DNR’s proposal with no further changes!

TAKE ACTION:

   1. Please attend the stakeholder meeting on Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 116 at the Iowa Capitol.

   2. Before the meeting, by Wednesday, September 7, please email Martin Kondrad with your comments at martin.konrad@dnr.iowa.gov

   3. You may also USPS mail your comments to:
Martin Konrad, Iowa DNR
Wallace State Office Building
502 E 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

   4. Also, please contact the governor’s chief of staff in your outreach.
Michael Bousselot
(515) 725-3521
Michael.bousselot@iowa.gov

    5. Also call or email your Legislators today and ask them to contact the governor’s office about approving the DNR’s rules.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION HERE:
http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/find.aspx

OR CALL (515) 281-3221 for the House Switchboard to talk to your Representative or leave a message.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:
Threase Harms
Contract Lobbyist
threase@advocacyiowa.com

Dane Schumann
Contract Lobbyist
dane@advocacyiowa.com

 

Project AWARE Kickoff!

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As part of the Kick Off to the 14th Annual Project AWARE on July 11th, the Iowa DNR will officially designate (as a state water trail) the small segment of the Des Moines River that connects the city of Eldon with Selma as it meanders through Wapello, Davis, and Van Buren counties.  This new 4.7-mile segment adds to the already state-designated 38-mile water trail on the Des Moines River in Van Buren County.  This will bring the total state designated water trail miles in Iowa to 921!   Come JOIN US on the river!

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For the past two years the DNR and others have been intently gathering information and studying several waterways from the following perspectives: physical, environmental, wildlife, recreational, historical, cultural and social.  The information gathered from the Lower Des Moines River moved us to add this small segment to the existing water trail.  There are a number of cultural sites in close proximity to it, including the American Gothic House in Eldon and the largest known Iowa Indian village site known to exist. The city of Eldon is also excited about the prospect and committed to maintaining and managing its river access as a water trail access. 

While it’s exciting to finally be adding to the column of state designated water trail miles, this designation ceremony also celebrates an important milestone in the history of Iowa’s water trails program.  This project and several others have either completed or are completing the existing conditions phase and moving into the master planning phase, which includes working closely with local communities to develop designs for prioritized infrastructure projects (new or improved accesses, parking, amenities, camping facilities, etc.).  This phase also identifies goals for interpretation, conservation, and river restoration components.  We’ve learned that establishing a solid base of information while engaging with the local communities sets the stage for future innovative and sound development.

~John Wenck, Iowa DNR Watertrails Coordinator

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