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MDC seeks public input on Big Tavern Creek and Lower Osage River accesses

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.  Draft management plans for the Big Tavern Creek accesses and Lower Osage River accesses are available for public review through July 31. To preview these draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans

DRAFT Robert M. White II Conservation Area Management Plan

Robert M. White II Conservation Area is 1,163 acres of forest, open land, old field, grassland, lake/ponds, and stream in Audrain and Monroe Counties. This area is managed with an emphasis on woodland and grassland species and compatible recreational opportunities. There are three parking lots, two fishing lakes, three campsites, and 21 fishless ponds for public use.

DRAFT Hite Prairie Conservation Area Management Plan

Hite Prairie Conservation Area is 103 acres of native prairie in Morgan County. This area is managed for a diverse suite of native prairie plants and animals using grassland management techniques. There is one parking lot open to public use.

DRAFT Lower Osage River Accesses Management Plan

These areas provide recreational fishing and boating access to the Osage River. This plan includes Bagnell Dam Access, Bonnots Mill Access, Kings Bluff Access, Mari-Osa Access, Osage-Tavern Access, Pikes Camp Access, St. Thomas Ferry Access, and Tuscumbia Access.

DRAFT Big Tavern Creek Accesses Management Plan

These areas provide compatible outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, animal viewing, and access to Big Tavern Creek. Accesses included in this plan are Boeckman Bridge Access, Brays Access, Madden Ford Access, and Wilson Camp Access.

MDC Runge Nature Center invites kids to creek crawl

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Conservation Nature Center invites children ages 7-12 years to discover nature this summer at a “creek crawl” at the Nature Center on Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

MDC invites families to free frogging clinic in Saline County July 29

SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. – Frog gigging, or frogging, is a great way to enjoy Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources while also putting food on the table the whole family can enjoy. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to discover nature at a frog gigging clinic 6:30 to midnight on Friday, July 29, at Blind Pony Fish Hatchery near Sweet Springs. The clinic is free and open to youth ages 7-17 and their parents or adult mentors, but all participants must preregister by July 27.

Runge Conservation Nature Center encourages hometown discovery with Passport Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From now until Sept. 5, the Runge Conservation Nature Center will offer a new program, Passport Jefferson City. The free program is designed to encourage people to explore their hometown, including discovering new places around Jefferson City and the city’s rich history.

Participants complete tasks at participating local locations, earn small prizes and have their passport sheets stamped. Tasks consist of a tour, scavenger hunt or small activity. All activities are free and open to the public.

MDC offers Native Warm-Season Grass Workshop in Linn

LINN, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri stockmen to attend a native warm-season grass workshop in Linn. The workshop will take place 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., July 9, at the Osage County USDA Office in Linn.  Space is limited for this free workshop, and participants must preregister by July 7.  

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Conservation Nature Center June 23

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There are different paths to discovering nature, and music and photography are two of the most popular.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a live performance at its Runge Conservation Nature Center Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the general public.  Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Ore. He is one of the largest-selling musical artists in the Northwestern U.S. 

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