Northwest

MDC and partners look to future at Prairie Days festival

Bethany, Mo. – Prairie has a future as well as a past, which is part of the Prairie Days celebration June 24-25 at Dunn Ranch and Pawnee Prairie in Harrison County.

MDC offers a wetland management field day on June 28

Brookfield, Mo. – Wetlands are valuable ecosystems that store water, reduce flooding, provide habitat for wildlife and offer autumn waterfowl hunting opportunities.

MDC seeks public input for Crooked River area plan

Richmond, 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 Crooked River Conservation Area in Ray County. Plans for the area will be available for public comment through June 30.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC seeks public input for Nodaway County lake

Maryville, 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 Nodaway County Community Lake north of Maryville. Plans for the area will be available for public comment through June 30.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

DRAFT Crooked River Conservation Area Management Plan

Crooked River Conservation Area is 1,420 acres of forest, open fields, woodland, old field, grassland, food plots, impounded water, wetland, and infrastructure in Ray County. This area is managed to provide quality upland habitat and associated wildlife while providing a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for the public. There are seven parking lots, seven individual campsites, two fishing ponds, and one fishing lake for public use.

DRAFT Nodaway County Community Lake Management Plan

Nodaway County Community Lake is 320 acres of old field, lakes/ponds, grassland, cropland, forest, and woodland. The purpose of this area is to provide fishing and hunting opportunities for the public in and around the Maryville area. This area offers a concrete one boat ramp, one fishing jetty, one privy, three parking areas, one designated primitive camping area, and 2.6 miles of hiking trails.

Celebrating 50 years of good fishing at MDC's Charity Lake

Rock Port, Mo. – A community’s generosity gave Charity Lake its name. Fifty years of good fishing followed, thanks to a healthy watershed and a partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC and partners offer Prairie Days tours at Dunn Ranch

Bethany, Mo. – Northwest Missouri's grassland heritage will be celebrated at Prairie Days June 24-25 at Dunn Ranch in Harrison County. Bison, butterflies, birds and native plants that support them will be on display. Experts will interpret prairie ecology at a free event sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Nature Conservancy, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation. No registration is required and all ages are welcome for hikes, tours and exhibits.

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

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