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DNR issues reminders to state park visitors

Jun 21, 2017

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued several reminders about fireworks, firewood and more to state park visitors.

Officials say Iowa’s new fireworks law does not change what state parks currently allow. Individuals have been and will continue to be allowed to use what are called novelties, which include party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes, glow worms, wire sparklers and dipped sticks.

A special event “fireworks” permit is still required to use all other fireworks in parks.

For additional information on special event permits go to www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Camping/Rules-Regulations/Special-Events.

The DNR strongly recommends that firewood should be obtained only within the county where it will be burned. It is important not to move firewood from county to county or state to state to prevent the spread of forest pests.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship requires all firewood sold or acquired in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of packages and the delivery ticket for bulk firewood.

The rule was added to prevent the spread of invasive species, and applies only to firewood sold and acquired in Iowa. The rule also requires the Iowa DNR to collect firewood that does not have a label from campers.

Visitors are reminded that an alcohol ban is in effect for the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

The ban applies to the sand area of the beach, a 200-foot buffer of land surrounding the sand and the designated swimming area adjacent to the beach as marked by buoys or swim lines.

Pleasant Creek’s beach remains closed due to recent lake renovation and will reopen when the lake has filled.

Closure and alert information is posted on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/parkclosures. Park visitors can check the site before traveling, as weather and other events sometimes impact trails and facilities. Information also is available by calling individual park offices.

 

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