Our Mission is to enhance the Yellow River State Forest for public use while protecting the integrity of the flora, fauna, soil and water.
Yellow River State Forest needs a full-time park ranger!
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In May 2021, the Iowa DNR reduced the full-time park ranger at Yellow River State Forest to just 25 percent. The campgrounds and state forest need a full time park ranger to keep the tens of thousands of visitors safe and protect resources including endangered species.
The Iowa DNR and the State of Iowa need to fully fund the full-time park ranger position at Yellow River State Forest, and Rylan Retallick needs to be reinstated as the full-time Yellow River State Forest park ranger.
As part of this change, the Iowa DNR has also stated they are going to do “passive management” at Yellow River State Forest - simply put, this means the DNR will let this beautiful place deteriorate and will not enforce their own codes. Yellow River State Forest is a one-of-kind state park and forest and the Iowa DNR should fulfill their own mission statement to “conserve and enhance our natural resources… ensuring a legacy for future generations” by having a full time park ranger at Yellow River.
The Goals of Friends of Yellow River State Forest:
* Be a voice for Yellow River State Forest
* Create public awareness of the recreational opportunities at YRSF
* Work in tandem with YRSF staff to accomplish common goals
* Organize volunteer opportunities
* Raise money for improvements at YRSF in agreement with our mission statement
What is a Friends Group?
Friend groups are made up of dedicated volunteers who raise funds, make park improvements and otherwise give support. Across Iowa, these coalitions of concerned citizens work to improve, protect and preserve treasured natural resources.
Yellow River State Forest is 8,950 acres of beauty, peace and uniqueness. There are 101 regular campsites, 34 equestrian campsites and five backpack areas with 20 secluded sites. There are 51 miles of trails, which includes trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. YRSF has more than eight miles of trout stream access, public hunting, one-of-a-kind ecosystems and is a Globally Significant Bird Conservation Area. This is a place for everyone in all seasons.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Watch this beautiful video by Keith Shaffer to see a taste of how amazing YRSF is!