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Chickadee Check-off is a great cause

January 26, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

There is no escaping the fact that all the various forms of income to the Iowa DNR for all of its legislated functions are under intense financial pressure. While the cost of materials, supplies, fuel and personnel may increase, the total amount of dollars available is on a downward trend. The long range outlook is not good unless the "cost-of-living" or in this case the realistic costs of maintaining services somehow is increased to keep pace with the real world. A system that would have more flexibility would be nice. Waiting for legislative approval once every 10 years or so for license fee increases does not cut it. Still, that is the system we have in Iowa, like it or not. Getting legislators to back timely and appropriate levels of fees is required. Iowa natural resource research, management and enforcement are not immune from the economic forces of the economy.



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