Zero fatalities during 2011 hunting seasons

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated 28 hunting incidents last year, all involving injuries or property damage. However, no deaths occurred during the 2011 hunting seasons – down from a single fatality in 2010.

A Monona County bowhunter recently died after a fall from his tree stand, but that incident will be included in the 2012 statistics, as it occurred after the start of the new year.

“Over the last eight to 10 years, we had been at 20 to 24 [incidents] a year. It was slightly higher, but not out of the ordinary,” assesses Megan Wisecup, DNR recreational safety program supervisor. “Any incidents are too many, but we still fall well below numbers seen in the 1960s.”

For more information, read the full news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

On the Radio: Growing Iowa’s energy independence

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Listen to this week’s radio clip. It details the efforts of Iowa farmers to reduce electricity use across the state.

These days, crops aren’t all that Iowa’s farmers are growing. They’re making Iowa more energy independent too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

This year, more than 400 Iowans have netted loans and grants, through the Rural Energy for America Program, for projects that will save and generate energy for farmers and businesses.

The projects include those geared toward wind energy production or updating or replacing outdated equipment to reduce electricity use.

One Black Hawk County farmer will install a 20 kilowatt wind turbine to power his farming operation. Another farmer in Monona will install energy-saving robotic equipment for milking.

It’s these efforts that will ensure Iowans a greener future.

For more information, visit

I’m Jerry Schnoor with the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.