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.
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 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.
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.