Mason told The Gazette he has seen far too many abuses on the land. "The bottom line is does the Iowa Department of Natural Resources really have to be in the farming industry?" said Mason, who spent the summer documenting and cleaning up damage around the creek. "The DNR shouldn't be subsidizing this massive destruction of natural resources in Iowa," he said, adding that Iowa has plenty of corn, soybeans and hay. "There is no need for this other than money, and I don't think that is the mission of the DNR," he said. Terry Haindfield, DNR wildlife biologist, said it's not about the money, although the leases do generate revenue. "The primary reason we do this is for better natural resources and management," he said. "Wildlife is the main objective, rather than money. We would be doing it a whole lot different if we were doing it for money."