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Avoid the late fall rush and take hunter education now

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Autumn is here, and opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer season is just over a month away. Now is a good time to take a Hunter Education Course and become hunter-education certified through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). 

Missouri’s Hunter Education Course is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, and buys a firearms season hunting permit, or any person age 11 to 15 who hunts alone. The course teaches about firearms, safety, skills and ethics.

MDC’s Columbia Bottom visitor center features art exhibit merging water color and nature journaling

SPANISH LAKE, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a way to discover nature through art with a special exhibit at its Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

The Columbia Bottom visitor center is featuring the work of artist and MDC Volunteer Naturalist Angie Jungbluth through Oct. 14.  Jungbluth’s talents in nature journaling and watercolor converge in an exhibit that combines elements of both.  Jungbluth also teaches journaling programs at Columbia Bottom. 

Prairie Day event at Shaw Nature Reserve cancelled due to rain

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo.—The Prairie Day Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit has been cancelled.

The event, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Shaw Nature Reserve, was called off Friday due to excessive rains, which have made the natural-surface parking area and foot trails unusable. The National Weather Service also forecasts a significant chance for additional thunderstorms on Saturday.

MDC invites public input for future management of Forest 44 Conservation Area

St. LOUIS, 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. Forest 44 Conservation Area in St. Louis County is among the areas under review. 

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 8

HAWK POINT, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is wants to help youths discover why Missouri is such a great place to hunt deer.  MDC is partnering again this year with the Cuivre River Wildlife Management Association to host the Lincoln County Youth Deer Hunting Clinic in Hawk Point on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

MDC, Arbor Day Foundation, and communities celebrate 40 years of Tree City USA in Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- For the last four decades, people who live in Tree City USA communities have enjoyed the benefits of having greener, healthier places to live. In Missouri, that includes 88 communities representing almost 43 percent of the state’s population.

Tree City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and administered in this state by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC invites public input for future management of Long Ridge Conservation Area

SULLIVAN, 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. Long Ridge Conservation Area north of Sullivan in Franklin County is among the areas under review. 

MDC invites public input for future management of B.K. Leach Conservation Area

ELSBERRY, 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. The B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area along the Mississippi River east of Elsberry is among the areas under review. 

MDC invites public input for future management of Weldon Spring Conservation Area

WELDON SPRING, 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. Weldon Spring Conservation Area north of Sullivan in St. Charles County is among the areas under review. 

DRAFT Weldon Spring Conservation Area Management Plan

Weldon Spring Conservation Area is 8,398 acres of forest, woodland, open land, grassland, glade, and wetland habitats in St. Charles County. This area is managed for floodplain, grassland, woodland, and aquatic resources while providing recreational opportunities compatible with natural resource management. Weldon Spring CA offers one concrete boat ramp, one fishing pond, two fishing lakes, 13.5 miles of hiking trails, and 21.5 miles of multi-use trails (hiking and biking) for public use.

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