Letter: Iowa DNR lacks visionary leadership

Vision is one very important component of quality natural resource management. Two other needed ingredients are professional knowledge and training in employees possessing passionate desires to make a career in improving the environment around us in ways that add to our quality of life. Successful natural resource management takes long term commitment. Without this commitment, our great state will eventually lose its appeal. If we are to continue keeping and attracting quality employees in Iowa, we must have premier water, land, and air quality. We need state parks, forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, prairies, fish, and wildlife areas that people want to visit to refresh their physical and mental well-being. Quality natural resources are powerful economic generators to local and statewide economies.

People without visionary leadership are quick to point toward the state legislature and governor for not properly funding the Department of Natural Resources. I ask — why should the governor and state legislature invest in an agency with no vision among its leadership? Can they be assured precious, limited money will be wisely spent? It is time and overdue to make across the board changes in DNR leadership. Iowa’s natural resources and its people deserve better. Let’s return professional, visionary leadership into the DNR. I contend the governor and state legislature will respond favorably to a well thought out, comprehensive plan of action for responsible, long-term management of our natural resources. Let’s begin today for a better Iowa.

Kevin Szcodronski

Retired long-term DNR employee

Ankeny

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