The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is taking a good step by hosting forums around the state in trying to improve the traditional outdoor sports of hunting, fishing and trapping.
All the money in the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund is generated through license fees, but you don't have to be a hunter, fisher or trapper to enjoy the benefits. Also, every $1 in fees is matched three times that with federal money, which helps makes Iowa's natural resources better.
Those attending Tuesday's meeting at Fort Defiance State Park appear to have done well in answering the three questions posed at the forum.
What is currently going well for fishing, hunting and trapping in Iowa?
What are the roadblocks/threats to the future of hunting, fishing and trapping in Iowa?
What do you think the DNR in partnership with hunting, fishing and trapping recreational users and conservation groups should be doing to grow participation and conservation of natural resources?
Like Joe Larscheid, Chief of the Fisheries Bureau, we're excited to see so many outdoor enthusiasts take part in this forum. They also see the importance of protecting Iowa's resources and have a desire to make them better.