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Conservation Report 6/3/2017

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June 3rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

Bob Beebensee and DNR Conservation Officer Grant Gelle talk about all things outdoors including leaving young wildlife alone, free fishing weekend, and boating safety.

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Proposed bike route in western Iowa would span 6 counties

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June 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Officials from six western Iowa counties are working together to mark a 209-mile bicycle route that would run from Woodbury County to Fremont County. The Daily Nonpareil reports the Frontier Iowa Trails Network is working on the designation of the Lewis and Clark Today Route. It’ll run along the Missouri River, following the path of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

The project’s first phase will create a “shared route” that runs on highways, county roads and other types of streets. The majority of the trail would be paved. The project’s second phase will be the implementation of another bicycle trail off the roadway.

Brian Leaders of the National Park Service and others are raising money for installation of the route’s signs, which is expected to cost $200,000.

USDA Report 6-1-2017

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

June 1st, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Max Dirks.

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Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 2-4

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May 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend. “Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “Invite a kid, your best friend or your mom to come along. Have some fun and create new memories.”

Gather your family or friends and travel to one of the hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a nearby pond for a few hours of outdoor fun and relaxation. Iowans can try fishing without buying a license during free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.

“This is a great time to take kids fishing or introduce someone new to fishing,” Larscheid said. “Fish are usually close to shore and are willing to bite. Use small tackle – little hooks, a bobber no larger than a quarter, 4-pound test line and small bait to catch bluegills.

“Kids will stay interested and have fun when the fishing is good. Just let them play once the interest in fishing is gone,” he said. “It isn’t about how many fish you can catch; it’s about sharing your time and having fun together.”

Fun, hands-on fishing events will be offered across Iowa to teach parents or kids the basics of fishing. A list of fishing clinics, derbies, and other fun events co-sponsored by the DNR is available on the Special Events Application System at programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.

“We hope free fishing weekend will inspire anglers to buy an annual fishing license,” Larscheid said. This investment allows the Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau to produce and stock more than 160 million fish annually, conduct research studies to manage fish more effectively, construct fish habitat, improve water quality, restore lakes with a history of poor fishing and improve access for anglers.

Find tips for taking kids fishing and catching crappie, bluegills and yellow bass on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Fishing-Tips-How-Tos.

Labor Day weekend campsite reservations open soon

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May 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Just as one holiday ends, it is time to think about another. Campers hoping to reserve spots for the 2017 Labor Day weekend need to mark June 1 on their calendars, when reservations for a Friday arrival open.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says by June 1, some sites will already be reserved by campers arriving prior to the holiday weekend, and electric sites go quickly.

For more information on Iowa’s state parks and to make a reservation, visit www.iowadnr.gov/reservations

Cass County Extension Report 5-31-2017

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 31st, 2017 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.

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Atlantic “Produce in the Park” begins this Thursday

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May 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The good eating season begins June 1st with the opening of Produce in the Park Farmers Market. It will be open every Thursday through September 28 in Atlantic City Park, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Seventeen vendors come from Elk Horn, Brayton, Shelby, Walnut, Oakland Wiota, Bridgewater and rural Atlantic to provide fresh, locally grown and raised, and homemade food and crafts. Some have been serving you, the consumer, for several  years and new ones are joining.

Fresh, locally grown spring produce such as greens, radishes, onions, herbs and rhubarb will be the high light. But produce also includes eggs, beef, chicken and pork. Vendors will offer home produced syrup, honey, jams and baked goods. Bedding plants will be available.

Produce in the Park requires that all food, crafts and other items be locally grown or made. Goat milk soap and personal care items, other bath and body products, handmade rugs and other home décor are some of the products available.

You can choose your evening meal from Knights of Columbus, Stone Arch Pizzeria and Hy-Vee. Wells Fargo is the June sponsor so will be offering tasting samples. The Atlantic Chamber and supporting businesses will be giving away free shopping bags.

Produce in the park is a community event offering entertainment, children’s activities and the opportunity to learn about organizations and community resources. The Atlantic Public Library will be present each week. A Farmers Market Scavenger hunt for you will also be available every week.

Senior and WIC coupons and SNAP EBT cards are all accepted by certified vendors.

For continuous information, go to Face book: produce in the park.

DNR begins beach water testing

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May 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has started its summer water quality monitoring program at state beaches as they open for the summer. Workers take water samples to test for bacteria and toxins. If levels are too high, beaches are posted with advisories against swimming. The D-N-R’s Roger Bruner says he hasn’t seen significant changes in beach water quality.

“In the last few years, the microcystin advisories have been fairly steady. Somewhere between 94 and 95 percent of the time beaches do not need to be posted for microcystin,” Bruner says. He says levels of toxins from blue green algae have been steady in the past few years. But Bruner says bacteria levels can vary widely.

“E-coli is a little different. It’s much more variable and somewhat correlates with how much rain we get,” Bruner says. The bacteria levels can spike right after a rain, but then drop as the sun comes out. The D-N-R will update an online map through the summer with weekly test results and swim advisories.

(Radio Iowa)

Food, Family, Fun! – Elk Horn Farmers Market

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May 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

You’re invited to be in Elk Horn every Saturday from 9-until 11-a.m. on the lawn of the Danish Windmill for locally grown food and good wholesome family fun! The market will open on Saturday, June 3rd and will run through the end of September.

Vendors will have eggs, produce, and baked goods for sale every Saturday and the first Saturday of each month will include kid’s activities and entertainment. Vendors at this year’s market will include Pace Poultry & Produce, Harrisdale Farmstead, Brun Ko Farm, Cali Kids Farm, Barb Goos, & Morris Family Farm.

Everything sold at the Elk Horn Farmers Market is grown, raised, and/or created by the vendors and their families. Opening day of market, Saturday, June 3rd, will include a kid’s market scavenger hunt and entertainment will be provided by piano students of Melissa Morris.

If you have questions about the market or are interested in vending, contact Emily Paulsen at 712-249-3187 or brunkofarm@gmail.com.

DNR says campers won’t notice much impact from tight budget

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May 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

All state court employees have an unpaid day off today (Friday) in a cost-cutting measure implemented by the state judicial system to make up for cuts in the system budget. Judges will be working today, but their offices won’t be open to the public. Budget cuts are hitting all areas of state government, including the state park system as the unofficial kickoff to the summer camping season arrives. Julie Sparks with the D-N-R’s State Parks Bureau, says campers shouldn’t notice many issues.

“We’re keeping up our campsites pretty well. There may be a little delayed maintenance in some of our parks because of some of the staffing challenges that we have,” Sparks says.

Campers were allowed to start reserving sites for this weekend three months in advance, and the sites fill up quickly. Sparks says they are ready to get the season underway. “For the most part we’re really excited and anxious to have people come to our parks — of course that generates revenue for us too — so we love to have our campers come there and visit.”

It has been a cool wet spring, but Sparks says it looks like there may be some good weather for the weekend. “We’re all hopeful,” Sparks says. “It’s beautiful, our Iowa springs, it’s a good time to be camping and out in our parks, that’s for sure.”

(Radio Iowa)