Photo Credit: Kayla Lyon/Facebook

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Kayla Lyon to be director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), effective July 8. Lyon will replace Bruce Trautman, who has served as the acting director since May 2018. 

“As my legislative liaison and lead policy advisor on agriculture and natural resources, Kayla oversaw DNR operations including regulatory permitting, conservation efforts, and wildlife issues,” Reynolds said. “She also played an instrumental role in the 2018 comprehensive water quality funding bill. As DNR Director, Kayla will serve a key role in helping our state continue to grow.”

“I am honored to lead the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and appreciate the governor for providing me a new opportunity to serve Iowans,” Lyon said. “In this role, I will continue the DNR’s mission to protect our natural resources, state parks, landscapes, and improve the quality of life in Iowa for generations to come.”

Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Kayla spent her career in government affairs working on agriculture, renewable fuels, water quality, and environmental policy while representing farmers and agribusiness.  Kayla resides in Ames with her husband and two children. 

The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land, and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education.

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  1. Maybe she’d be game to the idea of selling some DNR land back to private ownership, which would save a tremendous amount of $$ on the local level…no more wildfires causing damage to neighbor’s land and extra wear & tear on fire/rescue equipment, fewer car accidents involving wildlife, etc.. Plus, a boon to the local economy with a comfortable revenue for local schools since the property taxes would actually be paid.

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