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MDC hosts 31st Prairie Grouse Technical Council

Nevada, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently hosted biologists from 17 states and two Canadian provinces for the 31st Prairie Grouse Technical Council. Programs with scientific presentations and papers were held Sept. 22-24 in Nevada, Mo. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the more than 80 attendees toured Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie near Eldorado Springs and learned about MDC efforts to boost Missouri's endangered prairie chickens.

MDC seeks input on smallmouth, rock bass proposals

Kansas City, Mo. – Smallmouth and rock bass are very popular with anglers in Missouri's clear, cool, Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.

MDC hosts free National Hunting and Fishing Day activities

Kansas City, Mo. – The public is invited to learn about ducks, fishing, fun and shooting skills at Family Outdoors Day, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) host National Hunting and Fishing Day activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit.

MDC offers Field to Fork master chef game cooking classes

Kansas City, Mo. – Wild game and fish make wonderful table fare, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is teaming with premier Kansas City chefs for classes on cooking food from the wild. Each of the Field to Fork sessions is free, although a refundable $20 deposit is required to hold a spot for the sessions at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center.

MDC seeks public input for Hazel Hill Lake plan

Warrensburg, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC temporarily closes parts of Schell-Osage for grassland restoration

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation is informing the public that portions of the Schell-Osage Conservation Area covering parts of Vernon and Saint Clair counties will be closed for public safety as contractors remove invasive trees from prairies and old fields as part of a grassland restoration project. The closing of various areas will take place from Sept. 1 to April 1, 2016. Closed portions will be posted with signs. Other portions of 8,633-acre conservation area will remain open during the habitat improvement project.

Wood chips flying off new canoe at MDC Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – A 29-foot-long canoe hollowed out of a cottonwood log is taking shape at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. The canoe mimics those used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806, especially on their float back downstream on the Missouri River from the Rocky Mountains to St. Louis.

But canoe creator T.J. Jenkins has an advantage that the Lewis and Clark crew might have enjoyed -- chainsaws and leaf blowers.

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