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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.

MDC Runge Nature Center hosting holiday happenings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Holidays are a time to spend with friends and family. People are off from work, children are home from school, and friends and family are visiting. Looking for something fun to do? Discover nature at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Nature Center's Holiday Happenings open houses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31.

MDC says deer on the move with cold weather

COLUMBIA, Mo. — There are many strategies to deal with cold weather. For people, it could be sitting by a fire with a hot beverage. But for animals, such as deer, it is being more active. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges drivers to use caution and to be alert for deer along roadways, especially in suburban areas.

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