Orlan Love

Outdoors reporter for The Gazette


Buchanan County wetland to remain dry

The wetland at Koutny Pond/Hoffman Woods east of Brandon is dry and will remain so for up to a year, the Buchanan County Conservation Department has announced.

The 8-acre wetland, constructed in 1994, has been drained to facilitate installation of ... »

Heat and hail frustrate farmers

For many northern Linn County farmers, relief from a hot, dry early June turned out to be no relief at all.

For them, the much-needed rain the evening of June 15 came with hail stones that damaged or destroyed crops on more than 5,000 acres.


A fishing dilemma

LANSING - The age-old angler's quandary - whether it's better to leave biting fish in search of others or exploit them until your arms ache - confronted my fishing buddy Dave Patterson and me this week.

Neither of us having fished the Mississipp ... »

Conservation group partners with others to restore 40 wetlands

CEDAR RAPIDS - The nonprofit Nature Conservancy in Iowa, in cooperation with several partners, is restoring 40 wetlands in the Cedar River basin.

The wetlands store and treat water, reducing flood peaks and improving water quality, while providin ... »

A fishing seminar for the new and old

Veteran angler and tournament competitor Brian Stoll will conduct fishing seminars - one for beginners, one for advanced anglers - next month at Kirkwood Community College.

Stoll, who manages the website and Facebook page for the Iowa Bass Feder ... »

In Iowa: Dry weather this June could bring drought to the state of Iowa

No one is mentioning the #x201c;D#x201d; word yet, but continued dry weather could change that.

As I write this on the Thursday preceding publication, with 10 virtually rain-free days behind us, the forecast calls for at least that many to come, s ... »

Forum explores relationship between karst, livestock operations and water quality

DECORAH - Though it provides little solace for northeast Iowans worried about the impact of livestock confinements in areas of karst topography, attendees at a daylong forum on the subject at Luther College learned last week that residents of Wisconsin' ... »

Butterfly raised in Cedar Rapids makes it to Mexico

Monarch butterfly enthusiasts say it's a thrill to have one of their tags recovered at the imperiled insect's wintering grounds in Mexico.

#x201c;We are proud our strong boy made it all the way. It shows we are raising healthy butterflies,#x201d; ... »

Karst can aid rivers as well as streams

DECORAH - I had a revelation Tuesday during a presentation at Luther College by Department of Natural Resources Northeast Iowa Fisheries Supervisor Mike Steuck.

Steuck, one of several speakers at a forum on #x201c;Karst, Water Quality and L ... »

Following $2.4 million renovation, Pleasant Creek open for business

PALO - Though the lake still is six feet below normal on the eve of the year's first holiday camping weekend, it will be #x201c;kind of business as usual#x201d; at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, Park Ranger Carl Fairley said.

The campground ... »