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(URBANDALE) – Gov.-elect Terry Branstad announced today that Roger Lande will serve as head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the Branstad/Reynolds administration.

Lande has long been active in protecting and preserving Iowa’s natural resources as a hunter and fisherman, and also with involvement in various organizations such as the Izaak Walton League, which works to protect the soil, air, woods and water. His wife, Sarah, serves as a board member of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

“I can think of no one better to be a steward of Iowa’s precious natural resources than Roger Lande,” said Gov.-elect Branstad.  “Roger and his family have long been champions of conservation of Iowa’s rivers, woodlands, greenways, prairies and trails and I am confident that Roger will excel in his new role as head of Iowa Department of Natural Resources.”

The Iowa DNR is responsible for caring for Iowa’s State Parks, forests and other resources to ensure that future generations of Iowans are able to enjoy those same resources.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Branstad to head a department whose causes are near, and dear to my heart,” said Lande. “I look forward to working with various conservation organizations and the people of Iowa to continue to preserve and protect Iowa’s precious natural resources we have come to know and love.”

Roger and Sarah Lande reside in Muscatine, Iowa, where he is a partner at Stanley, Lande & Hunter, a law firm with offices in Muscatine and Davenport. He is a former chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and currently serves as Honorary Consul of Canada to Iowa.

Roger was born and raised in Lake Mills, Iowa, where he became an Eagle Scout and was recruited to represent the Iowa Boy Scouts as one of two youth leaders of a Natural Resources Conservation Camp sponsored by the Izzak Walton League, held at the Iowa 4-H Camp in Luther, IA. 

Lande received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Iowa and graduated with distinction from The University of Iowa College of Law in 1961. Lande served on the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1990-2005, and served on the Board of Regents from 1996-2001.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Muscatine Beyond 2000 and Musser Public Library. He is a member of Rotary International and Thirty-Three Club. Roger and Sarah have two grown children, Margaret and Christopher.

For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds transition, please visit www.GovernorBranstad.com .

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