IOWA DNR WILL DO WITH LESS THIS SUMMER
(Lewis) Last week we reported that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was eliminating more than 100 positions because of budget cuts the agency has been forced to absorb. Chris Larsen, Southwest Iowa Fisheries Supervisor says besides the 100-jobs that were lost, lawmakers have cut an additional 116 part-time positions in parks and law enforcement.
“These folks go out and help us do our work, and summer time is our busy time with forests, grasses, wildlife and fisheries and we need help with that type of stuff,” stated Larsen. “Well they are not going to be there to do it now so I hope our parks people can keep up. It’s going to hurt, but it is not devastating, and we are definitely going to feel it in our department.”
The only full-time positions to be eliminated are in the Geological and Water Survey Bureau, which will lose 3 employees, and 13 University of Iowa employees under contract with the agency. The layoffs are effective July 1.