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MDC seeks public input for Montrose Conservation Area

Clinton, 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 the Montrose Conservation Area in Henry County.

MDC seeks public input for Settle's Ford Conservation Area

Archie, 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 the Settle’s Ford Conservation Area Cass and Bates counties.

DRAFT Settle's Ford Conservation Area Management Plan

Settle’s Ford Conservation Area is 6,766 acres of old field, bottomland timbers, open fields, wetlands, upland timbers, grassland, shrub, and ponds in Bates and Cass Counties. This area contains over 800 acres of wetlands and features Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible waterfowl blind, six fishable ponds, and five permanent streams for public use.

DRAFT Montrose Conservation Area Management Plan

Montrose Conservation Area is 2,750 acres of lakes/ponds, forest, woodland, wetlands, old field, open fields, grassland, and native prairie in Henry County. Montrose Lake, with its flow of warm water, offers good fishing especially for catfish. Over the years, it has also become a favorite of waterfowl and spectacular concentrations of ducks and geese visit the area each winter. This area offers a boat ramp, primitive camping, 14 waterfowl blinds, and two wade and shoot opportunities for public use.

Hummingbirds gone from feeders? They'll be back

Kansas City, Mo. – The ruby-throated hummingbird with blurred wingbeats and the ability to hover in the air is a fascinating visitor to flower gardens and home bird feeders. But each summer they seem to mysteriously vanish from some yards. They will return, says Larry Rizzo, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) natural history biologist.

MDC offers private landowners payments for public access

Kansas City, Mo. – A new program offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer payments to private landowners for public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. The voluntary Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) also offers financial incentives for wildlife habitat improvement on enrolled lands. The focus is mostly on enrolling lands in northern Missouri and near metro areas such as Kansas City, where public access opportunities are generally more limited.

MDC offers free class on fishing with alternative methods

Blue Springs, Mo. – Some of the best ways to catch fish, especially big catfish, have long traditions in outdoor families.

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