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MDC taps Storybook Forest friends for conservation tales

Kansas City, Mo. – Once upon a time, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center realized children enjoy both nature's surprises and familiar fairy tales. So do grownups. So on Oct. 3, the staff magically made well-known characters from fables appear. The Nature Center's paved Missouri Tree Trail became for a day a walk into "Storybook Forest."

MDC seeks public input on Linscomb Wildlife Area plan

El Dorado Springs, 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.

Draft plans for the Linscomb Wildlife Area in St. Clair County will be available for public comment through Oct. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC seeks public input on Kearn Wildlife Area plan

Knob Noster, 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 seeks public comment for Reed Area long-range plan

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks public input on the final draft of a long-range management plan for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for almost 1,000 conservation areas throughout the state and invites public comments.

MDC helps Higginsville schools join MoNASP program

Higginsville, Mo. – Students at Lafayette County C-1 School District in Higginsville will be able to participate this year in the Missouri National Archery in Schools (MoNASP) program, thanks to grants and assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC offers HOWLoween fun Oct. 16 at Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – Nature's nighttime creatures are not necessarily creepy, in fact, they're creatively fascinating. Celebrate nature on an autumn night at HOWLoween, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center turns the outdoor garden into a Wild Side Walk 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Big turnout for MDC and DU Family Outdoors Day

Kansas City, Mo. – Sunny weather with a touch of autumn helped draw attendance estimated at 800 to 1,000 people on Sept. 26 to Family Outdoors Day at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. The event honoring the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day was a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners.

"This was one of the best that I've seen in a long time," said Debra Burns, MDC wildlife regional supervisor.

Walk in nature's Storybook Forest at free MDC family event

Kansas City, Mo. – Once a year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center develops an autumn special event that uses creativity to connect people with nature. The wonders in nature can seem magical, and this year's theme of "Once Upon A Time" will take visitors down enchanted trails on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. Costumed performers will tell tales about creatures and conservation with performances 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

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