First Female Director Appointed to Head Iowa DNR

Kayla Lyon has been appointed director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, effective July 8. She will replace Bruce Trautman, who has served as the agency's acting director since May 2018, and is DNR's first female director.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced the appointment of Kayla Lyon to be director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, effective July 8. Lyon will replace Bruce Trautman, who has served as the agency's acting director since May 2018, and the agency reported that Lyon is its first female director.

"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," said Reynolds. "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, Lyon spent her career in government affairs working on agriculture, renewable fuels, water quality, and environmental policy while representing farmers and agribusiness.

DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa's forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa's state parks.

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