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MDC hosting pond management workshops in Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Do you have questions about building a new pond or about management of an existing pond on your property? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting pond management workshops in four Mid-Missouri counties. Each workshop will cover a wide variety of topics including pond site selection, pond construction, pond stocking, fisheries management, aquatic vegetation management, pond watershed management, and nuisance wildlife.

The FREE workshops will be held in the following counties:

MDC seeks public input for Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. A draft plan for the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area (CA) is available for public review from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.

To preview the draft management plan and to share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC hosting prescribed fire workshops in Moniteau, Montgomery, and Osage counties

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fire has been used as a land management tool by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for more than 30 years, but it isn't as simple as dropping a match and watching it burn. To assist landowners who want to use prescribed fire on their own property, MDC is hosting workshops in three Mid-Missouri counties. Each program will cover all aspects of how prescribed fire can be safely used to benefit wildlife and people.

The FREE workshops will be held in the following counties:

MDC offers Metallic Cartridge Basic Reloading classes in Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms. Now that factory ammunition costs have risen, it may be worth the time and effort to learn how to reload your own rifle ammunition.

Join the staff of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to learn these skills at one of two Basic Reloading: Metallic Cartridges classes on the following dates:

Love nature? Become a Master Naturalist with MDC

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. They engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.

To get started as a Master Naturalist volunteer, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), along with the University of Missouri (MU) Extension, will be holding Master Naturalist training sessions in Columbia and Camdenton.

MDC will offer the following Master Naturalist training in Columbia:

MDC hosting basic handgun shooting class for women

HARTSBURG, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to get a hands-on outdoor-skills lesson in basic handgun shooting at one of two upcoming free classes being held at Ammo Alley on the following dates:

Enjoy an Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center on Jan. 24

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages eagle-lovers of all ages to attend Runge Conservation Nature Center's free program, Eagle Adventures, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Eagle Adventures features activities to entertain and educate the whole family. Eagle activities and crafts will be available throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be live eagle presentations at the Nature Center at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MDC Runge Nature Center hosting volunteer open house

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Love the outdoors and helping others discover nature? Then join the volunteer team at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Nature Center. The nature center is hosting a volunteer open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers and learn more about the overall program.

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