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Refuge at Peck Ranch Conservation Area to reopen

A little more than a month after flood damage forced a temporary closure, the refuge portion of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area is set to reopen to the public on August 15.

Flooding temporarily closes part of Peck Ranch Area

WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has closed the refuge portion of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area until further notice due to road damage caused by recent flooding. This closure includes the elk viewing route.

Wildlife Biologist Preston Mabry, manager of Peck Ranch Conservation Area, said this puts a temporary halt on auto tours and other activities in the refuge. He said access is still allowed on approximately 12,000 acres outside the marked refuge fence.

June events at Twin Pines focus on harvesting natural skills

WINONA, Mo. -- School will soon dismiss for summer and the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) has scheduled events to help children and adults discover nature. Melanie Carden-Jessen, the manager of Twin Pines CEC, said these programs are examples of how conservation improves Missourians’ quality of life.

Conservation Department urges state-wide vigilance to protect white-tailed deer

People won’t be hunting deer for several months, but they should still be vigilant for a disease that could severely impact Missouri’s deer population if it ever becomes widely established in this state.

MDC seeks public input during May on management of Peck Ranch

WINONA, Mo. -- As Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) nears its 70th year as a conservation area, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking visitor input during the month of May to develop an area management plan to guide the next 10 years. This massive conservation area is one of nearly 1,000 conservation areas owned or managed by MDC. The state agency is in a multi-year process of updating management plans for its conservation areas and is inviting public comment.

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