Friends of Lake Manawa Annual Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Where: The Council Bluffs Fish and Game Club, 531 Comanche St. – upstairs meeting room Agenda: Election of Board Members, FOLM project update, Park update If you are not a current voting member and would like to be one, please visit the ‘Become a Member’ tab to join as an individual, family, or...

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DNR may have no option left but to close some state parks

“After a decade of declining state taxpayer support, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources may be forced to close some state parks. “We have no choice,” Chuck Gipp, the agency’s director, said during an interview with Radio Iowa. “You’ve got to have people.” Gipp said there’s just one full-time person manning 22 of the state’s parks. If any of those 22 people retire in the next 12 months, Gipp hopes to be able to transfer someone in from another park. However, that may not be possible and some parks may be closed. “We will continue, as we always do in the department, to do the best job we can with the resources that are available,” Gipp said. “We just want to let people know that we can’t continue to face the reductions we have over the last few years and still provide those opportunities.” Gipp has had to reduce the number of “seasonal” staff who work in the parks during the summer by 25 percent, plus there’s been a hiring freeze in place for full-time staff in his agency. “Parks don’t run themself,” Gipp told Radio Iowa. “When people come to a park, they want to experience mown grass. They want to have a clean restroom and things like that.” Parks with tent sites, R-V hook-ups and cabins are generating some revenue from camping fees, so Gipp said none of those parks would be closed. There are other parks open just during daylight hours and those are most likely to be closed. The general budget plan Governor Branstad and legislators just approved for the Department of Natural Resources is less than half what it was 10 years ago. Gipp said his agency will fulfill its regulatory obligations and will “do what it can” to keep operating as many parks and recreation areas as possible.” DNR may have no option left but to close some state parks...

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FOLM 2015 Annual Meeting and I-DNR Meeting

The 2015 FOLM ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the WESTERN HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER. The AGENDA includes Election of Board Members and FOLM Annual Financial Report, and other business as deemed necessary. On the Ballot this year are returning Board Members Mark Genereux and David Holcomb. Following this very short business meeting the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (I-DNR) is hosting a PUBLIC MEETING for the purpose of providing information on the CAMPGROUND RENOVATION PROJECT as well as an update on the LAKE RESTORATION PROJECT. To VOTE in the election you must have a current 2015 FOLM membership. 2015 dues MUST BE PAID by October 1, 2015. If you, or someone you know, would like a voting membership for 2015 you can sign-up, renew, and pay via PayPal at the Become a Member/Donate tab of our Website. Membership forms will be available for renewal and/or new 2016 memberships at the meeting. The doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. See you there! FOLM 2015 Annual Meeting AGENDA: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the WESTERN HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER. FOLM: Election of Board Members… Financial Report Committee/Activity Reports: AED Clean – Up Day Fireworks Ice Fishing Derby Milkweed for Monarchs IPF Project: Missouri River/Loess Hills Region (Mills, Pottawattamie, Harrison Counties) STATE of the PARK: I-DNR: Dredge/Lake Restoration Campground...

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