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MDC seeks public input on three conservation area plans

Osceola, 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 a conservation area and two river accesses in St. Clair County. They include the Birdsong Conservation Area, Blackjack Access, and Kings Prairie Access. All three areas will be available for public comment through July 31.

MDC offers Missouri River Eagle Day at KC on Dec. 12

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a chance to learn about bald eagles oft seen soaring over the Missouri River during winter months. A Missouri River Eagle Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek, just east of the Missouri 291 Bridge. Sugar Creek is a suburb in the Kansas City metro area.

MDC stocks rainbow trout at Kansas City area lakes

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) annual winter trout fishing season is underway in the Kansas City metro area. Trout were stocked at four locations on Nov. 18.

Three lakes were stocked at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area at Lee's Summit. Coot Lake and Plover Lake each received 2,000 trout. Plus 14 lunker trout from the MDC Fish Hatchery at Bennett Spring were stocked in each lake. Also, 200 trout were stocked in Honker Pond, which is open for youth fishing only.

MDC says invasive bush honeysuckle vulnerable now

Kansas City, Mo. – Bush honeysuckle remains green as autumn fades and winter arrives, which offers a chance for homeowners to help battle this invasive species. It's easy to spot in early winter as one of the last shrubs to drop leaves.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists and other public-land managers work to reduce bush honeysuckle in the Kansas City area because its prolific growth chokes out native plants valuable for their beauty and wildlife habitat.

MDC adjusts duck blind usage at Montrose area

Clinton, Mo. – Low water conditions have prompted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to close three waterfowl hunting blinds and one wade-and-shoot position at the Montrose Conservation Area. But 10 hunting blinds and one wade and shoot position remain open for use.

MDC leases the 2,750-acre area from the Kansas City Power & Light Co (KCP&L). The utility uses Montrose Lake on the area for cooling water for a coal-fired electrical general plant. KCP&L has dropped water levels to perform maintenance on the dam.

MDC says oak leaf itch mites still pesky in west Missouri

Kansas City, Mo. – A word of caution before you leap into a pile of raked up oak tree leaves this fall. The nearly microscopic oak leaf itch mite could cause some bites similar to those left by chiggers. The insect-like mites were an irritating pest in some areas of western Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma in late summer and autumn. Some may be lurking in oak leaves that have fallen to the ground, said Rob Lawrence, forest entomologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC presents plaque for state record flathead catfish

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Nov. 6 presented Mathew McConkey with a plaque honoring his catch of a 100-pound flathead catfish, a new state record for alternative fishing methods. McConkey caught the behemoth flathead on a trotline on Sept. 19 from the Missouri River offshore from the city of Riverside, a burg close to downtown Kansas City.

"It's awesome," he said. "I've fished hard for it, and this is probably the fish of a lifetime."

MDC stocks rainbow trout at Sedalia's Liberty Park Pond

Sedalia, Mo. – Rainbow trout are once again swimming in Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently stocked 1,300 trout in the three-acre pond at Third and Park streets. Included in the stocking were 12 large, trophy-sized trout that formerly served as brood stock at the MDC Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.

MDC seeks public input for plans for Platte River accesses

St. Joseph, 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. A draft plan for 13 conservation access areas along the Platte River in northwest Missouri will be available for public comment during November.

MDC's Granny's Acres offers scenic hiking trails

Warsaw, Mo. – The trails at Granny's Acres Conservation Area wind through woodlands, up and down steep hills, and across shady valleys cut by small streams. But trail hikers need not fear getting lost. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) foresters have marked trails with signs and placed signboards with maps at intersections where trail loops meet. This oak and hickory-dominated woodland is a pretty place for a late autumn or winter walk.

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